Hillsborough Commissioners doth not protest Sheriff pay raise plan
Some Hillsborough County officials were a bit put off a few weeks ago when Sheriff David Gee said he planned to give his employees a pay boost to offset a new state requirement that government employees contribute three percent of their pay toward pension costs.
Yes, technically, it was not a pay hike, but rather a partial restoration of a stipend payment Sheriff's employees once got that they can use to help offset such things as insurance premiums. Still, most other government employees are having to eat the pension payment despite three to four years of pay freezes.
When Gee's chief deputy, Joe Docobo, appeared before county commissioners Thursday to present his boss' budget for next year, there was not a peep from any of them. Such is the general unwillingness for fellow politicians to take on the county's top cop.
Then again, Docobo did offer a sweetener. He informed commissioners that the Sheriff's budget will actually be nearly $8 million less than anticipated. That's money commissioners will now be able to use on pet projects if they like.