Georgetown County Council continues phased increases for county employee salaries

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Georgetown County Council was expected to pass third reading Tuesday of a change to the operating budget that will increase funding for salaries.

Prior to and during discussion of the proposed Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Annual Budget, compensation of County employees was an issue identified for review and study.

Staff performed a classification and compensation study after adoption of the annual budget to determine if our county’s compensation is competitive with that of similar employers in surrounding areas.

The results of the study indicated in general that County compensation was below average.

These results were presented to County Council at its Dec. 10, 2013, regular council meeting.

Council voted to implement the recommended compensation adjustments in a phased approach over several years.

The first increases were to become effective Jan. 1, 2014.

The monetary impact of these adjustments on the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 budget year have been calculated for each County fund.

Some of the funds were able to absorb the additional costs by shifting budget appropriations within the fund, and therefore do not require additional appropriations.

In conjunction with action taken by Council at its Dec. 10, 2013 meeting to increase compensation of County employees, the following supplemental appropriations to the Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Annual Budget are required:

Section 1: An increase in the amount of $282,205 in General Fund appropriations for salaries and related accounts. In addition, $2,425 will be transferred to the Victims Services Fund to provide the additional funding for compensation increases in that fund. The total amount of $284,630 will come from the unassigned fund balance.

Section 2: An increase in the amount of $66,775 in Midway Fire (District 2) Fund appropriations for salaries and related accounts. Funding will come from the unassigned fund balance.

Section 3: An increase in the amount of $2,425 in Victims Services Fund appropriations for salaries and related accounts. Funding will come from a transfer from the unassigned fund balance of the General Fund.

Section 4: An increase in the amount of $7,280 in Bureau of Aging Services Fund appropriations for salaries and related accounts. Funding will come from the unassigned fund balance.

Section 5: An increase in the amount of $149,975 in Law Enforcement Fund appropriations for salaries and related accounts. Funding in the amount of $144,775 will come from the unassigned fund balance, and $5,200 will come from additional reimbursements from the Georgetown County School District for the SROs that they fund.

Section 6: An increase in the amount of $34,575 in Environmental Services Fund appropriations for salaries and related accounts. Funding will come from the unrestricted net position.

Section 7: This Ordinance No. 2014-04 shall be effective upon final approval and adoption by Georgetown County Council.

Other business

Council was expected to pass third reading of an approval for a building electrical distribution system upgrade for the Howard Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hawkins and Kaminski streets.

This renovation is part of the Capital Improvement Plan. The Recreation Center of the building will be totally separated from the Howard Continuing Education Center.

This, combined with the age of the structure, will require an updated electrical distribution system for the County facility.

Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with Facility Services, determined the low bid offeror, J & M Electrical Service, is capable of performing the work required.

County staff recommends awarding the contract to J & M Electric Service, LLC of Murrells Inlet at a lump sum cost of $73,366.

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