Cumberland Times-News

March 26, 2013

Mineral approves ‘modest’ pay raises

Employees get $800 per anum

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — County commissioners approved an $800 pay raise for employees at a fiscal year 2014 budget meeting on Tuesday.

“The reason that we have done this year is because they did not get a pay raise last year,” said Commission President Janice LaRue.

According to LaRue, the county was able to approve the pay increase because Rose Ann Maine, county assessor, volunteered to pay an employee’s benefits and salary with the Assessor’s Evaluation Fund.

Maine also agreed to pay the $50,000 per year required for a statewide computer system, LaRue said.

While other county offices use the computer system, the assessor’s office does so most frequently, she said.

“The only way we were able to give a modest pay raise is because of (Maine) agreeing to do that,” said LaRue.

The levy rates will remain the same as they were last year, according to County Coordinator Mike Bland.

The budget proposes total general fund revenues of $5,328,742 in comparison to the current budget,which is at $5,843,285.

“The biggest difference as far as the decrease is the amount of federal grants and state grants that are unknown at this point,” said Bland.

Going into the next fiscal year, the budget numbers will increase as confirmation of grants are received, according to Bland.

The budget also includes  an increase of about $200,000 in property tax revenue and $500 cuts to all travel budgets.

The budget also allows for the purchase of two police cruisers.

All funding provided by the county to outside agencies remained the same.

LaRue said that she was glad to keep the funding for the outside agencies on the line.

“We wish we could do more for them,” said LaRue.

The commission also approved:

• A resolution accepting a $25,000 grant for the city’s water system.

•  The appointment of Patricia Droppleman to the board of health.

• Approved a resolution for a $273,000 community correction grant application.