CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, is hoping to drum up support to move proposed pay raises for county elected officials up to 2014 from 2016.
"A lot of sheriffs and county commissioners are going to be retiring who won't see the benefits of a pay raise if we make it in '16," Green said.
On the Senate floor Monday, Green asked for the right to amend the county official pay raise bill (SBSB379) Tuesday prior to its passage vote.
The bill is one of two pay raise bills that will be up for passage votes Tuesday in the Senate. The other is the governor's bill to give 2 percent pay raises to public school teachers and service personnel (SB391).
As currently written, the county official pay raise would reduce the number of county classifications, based on total property values in each county, from 10 to five.
Salaries for county commissioners within the five classifications would range from $28,000 to $42,000, up from the current 10-step range from $19,800 to $36,960.
The salary range for sheriff would go from $47,000 to $51,000, up from the current range of $38,280 to $44,880. County clerks and circuit clerks would see a salary range from $54,000 to $63,000, up from the current range of $42,240 to $55,440.
County assessors would have a salary range of $47,000 to $51,000, up from $38,280 to $44,880. Salaries for prosecuting attorneys would increase to a $60,000 to $109,000 range, up from the current range of $46,200 to $96,600.
As currently drafted, the salary increases would go into effect July 1, 2016. The bill also states the pay hikes in each county are contingent on the state Auditor's Office verifying that the county has had sufficient growth in revenue in the prior fiscal year to cover the cost of the increases.
Also Monday, the Senate passed unanimously and sent to the House bills to:
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