Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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January 27, 2014

Panel tables talks regarding pay scale

CROSSVILLE — Commissioners on the county's budget committee tabled taking action on adjusting or changing the county wide pay scale.

Last fall commissioners on the committee began talking about looking at the county wide pay scale and adjusting it according to what a previous pay scale committee had recommended two years ago.

The cost for salary increases at that time across the board would have been roughly $400,000 to $500,000 and no action was taken.

The committee then decided to re-examine the issue this year around budget time due to some isolated issues with some employees whose jobs are not technically listed on the pay scale.

"I don't see how we can look at it right now. We don't have time to even discuss the pay scale. Not this late. I don't see why. There's no point in getting everyone's hopes up," Terry Carter, 6th District commissioner, said.

"I tend to agree with Terry. I don't see how everything could be addressed in this amount of time," 1st District commissioner and Budget Committee Chairman Harry Sabine said.

"I just want to make sure that all the positions are on the scale and none fall through the cracks," Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, said.

Sabine said the pay scale committee disbanded after making its recommendation two years ago.

Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, said, "I do, too. We had one issue with  a nurse last year. We need all positions on the scale. But, I agree with Terry – we just don't have the time to kick it around this late before budget."

Jan McNeil, 5th District commissioner, said, "I agree, but this hit or miss on why we give one an increase and not the other is a problem. We need better policies and procedures in place. This is a real gray area for us and we need to get better tuned in on that. It's something that we're going to have to address down the road."

Sabine asked, "What do you suggest?"

"Maybe we can talk to the county attorney and set some new policies," McNeil said.

Harvel said, "We need all employees on the scale. When they're off, that's where we get into problems. If we could do that, the scale would be ok. I mean, I'm a county employee and I want to make every dime I can, but I just don't see the need to get into this for nothing and get everyone's hopes up."

Carter said, "I move we table it for now."

Harvel supported the motion and it was unanimously approved.

Sabine said, "OK, the matter is tabled. To bring it up again, it must be added to an agenda."

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