WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County commissioners have agreed to give a pay raise to the employees of elected county officials, although it will be less of a boost than usual.
Commissioners affirmed the employees' pay increase after evaluating their finances at the end of July.
The raises had been under consideration since March, when commissioners approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. A 1.25 percent raise would only be handed out after a review of the county's finances in July, they had said.
Putnam's fiscal year ended June 30 and account information had to be turned in to the state by July 30, according to county manager Brian Donat. Raises will be retroactive to the first full pay period in July.
"The payroll person is working on it," Donat said.
It's up to elected officials how they split the raises among employees, but most plan to give across-the-board increases.
"The commission has no control over how it's distributed," he said. "Ninety-nine percent of the time, they give them across the board."
Typically, employees are given a 2.5 percent raise. This fiscal year, because of little growth in the economy, commissioners cut the amount in half when they passed an $18.39 million budget in March that increased the county's levy rate by 0.3 cents per $100 of assessed property value.