Officials in one Eastern Kentucky County say they understand the strain the economy is putting on its employees. The Perry County Fiscal Court held a special meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the issue and has a plan to help.
Fiscal Court members met and approved a 50 cent pay raise for all county employees, effective immediately.
“Well, the county workers, it cost them more to get to work now. So we feel like they need a raise to kind of make up for the difference,” says Perry County Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble.
Employees say with the hours they work, that equals about 40 more dollars added on to their paychecks.
April Francis and Rosa Couch work in the solid waste office and both say they will gladly take an extra 40 dollars every two weeks.
“It means a lot to me that our fiscal court cares enough about its employees to give them a raise,” says Francis.
She says it means even more when you have children to take care of.
“I'm sure it will go for groceries or more gas to drive my kids, or shuttle the kids around,” she says.
“In economic times, with prices the way they are, to get extra money is always worth shouting about,” says Couch.
She says it gives her comfort working in a county that has money to spare.
“When I came into office, the county was 6.4 million dollars in debt. Last year we carried over a million dollars over, in our budget,” says Judge Executive Noble.
“I mean Washington can take lessons from him. They're trying to bail the world out and we're getting raises? He's doing something right, isn't he?” says Couch.
“This will give them more enthusiasm to work harder and help our people out in the county,” says Judge Executive Noble.
Even though they have separate budgets from the county, Judge Noble also put in requests to apply the raise to the sheriff's office and county clerk's office as well.