County OKs 8 percent millage increase

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 03:25 PM.

“I said publically the budgetary process in our county is broken,” she said. “I think there needs to be some committee work in place. Committees need to be formed early in the year, in February and March. It’s not fair to tear their budgets apart in 15 minutes.

“We need to invest more time in working with them, instead of being the people sitting up here with big axes,” Jackel said. “For me to come in as a commissioner does not translate to working as a committee. It does not translate to moving us to a consensus.”

While all five commissioners have supported a plan to earmark $200,000 for an $1,100 across-the-board pay increase for the 165 county workers, Jackel said she had a problem with budgets that have included raises prior to the across-the-board raise.

“I believe county employees do need an increase, every one of them. I think it needs to be meted out on a fair and equal basis,” she said. “This year it will not be done on a fair and equal basis.”

Commissioner Noah Lockley took issue with Feifer’s suggestion that commissioners had ignored his ideas. “I considered some of them. Some of them we moved on and some we didn’t,” he said. “I don’t think they be that good at this time.”

Lockley said Feifer had acted “like a child” in his outrage. “We’re not playing up here; this a is a business situation,” he said. “I’ve done what I did and I’m satisfied.”

Commissioner Smokey Parrish noted that “it takes a consensus of the board to move some of this stuff. One commissioner is not allowed; it takes the whole board. Some of the (Feifer) proposals I don’t think need to be acted on personally.”



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