County Commissioners vote to reduce own pay

True to their word, Spalding County commissioners on Monday unanimously voted to reduce their pay by .7692 percent. This is the same reduction in pay that county employees will experience in Fiscal Year 2014 as a consequence of a $1.4 million budget shortfall that resulted in two furlough days, a one-mill increase in property tax rate and other cost saving measures.

The commissioners made this move following the adoption of the FY14 budget.

A separate vote was necessary because under Georgia law, elected officials salaries are not included in across-the-board budget cuts. Instead, they must voluntarily approve the pay reduction.

At Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager William Wilson explained that a resolution must be adopted, setting out the holidays, and each commissioner must sign an affidavit acknowledging authorizing the reduction in pay.

The unpaid holidays have been designated as Good Friday and Memorial Day. Employees will still have these days off, but will not be compensated for their time.

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