Bay County Commissioners Considering Employee Raises

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PANAMA CITY-- The commission is holding it's first public hearings on the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Commissioners are proposing a 1% raise for every employee and another 2% in merit increases.

Employees received a $1,000.00 bonus last year instead of a pay increase.

"We are a little concerned in this point and time that some of our good employees may start looking at other places where they are starting to give raises so we want to be cognizant of that and be on that level playing field,” said Edwin Smith, Bay County Manager.

Commissioners will also hear requests from the county's constitutional officers.

Sheriff Frank Mckeithen is asking for 34.8 million dollars, $907,000.00 more than last year.

The extra money would go to a 3% employee pay hike, 30-new patrol cars, and money to hire 9 additional bay county jail corrections officers.