WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Lawrence County Quorum Court has given the go-ahead for a 3% raise for county hourly employees.
At its meeting Monday night, County Judge John Thomison said county officials have worked hard on the 2017 budget to provide a raise for the employees.
"We want good employees and we want to retain these employees," said Thomison. "It has been a while since they have had raises and it became obvious this year that this raise could happen."
Thomison credits the amount of money they have saved from having spending cuts in certain departments in the county.
"We have had some savings with our insurance, and in the courthouse, the road department," said Thomison. "We are able to add this money to help county employees who have worked hard."
The increase is expected to cost $79,294.77, which also includes cost of living for the employees, Thomison said.
"We just hope to help them with what little we can in a tough economic time and this is one way we want to do it," said Thomison. "It has always been my goal to have these raises for them. I am fortunate for the people I work with that made this possible."
The pay increase is set to take effect next month.
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