NEW PORT RICHEY — Noting that county employees have gone five years with stagnant wages, county commissioners on Tuesday voted to consider across-the-board pay raises of 3 percent as staffers draw up next year's budget.
Commissioner Henry Wilson Jr. made the proposal and said he wanted to encourage the county's constitutional officers to do the same.
The unanimous vote means that staff will figure the raises into its proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. County Administrator John Gallagher said the raises would cost the county about $3 million to $3.5 million. Final approval is far from assured at this point, as commissioners won't take a final vote on the budget until after a series of public hearings later this year.