(July 5, 2019) County employees will reap the benefits of a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment that was approved as part of a $201.2 million operating budget for fiscal year 2019-20 during the June 5 Worcester County Commissioners meeting.
Additionally, some county employees will receive a step increment of 2.5 percent and longevity pay for eligible employees, according to county officials.
The budget was approved in a 6-1 vote with Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic being the sole dissenter.
Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins stressed the importance of incentivizing employees through these types of raises to keep them working in Worcester County.
“Due to the increased demand for qualified employees, and unfilled open positions, the commissioners continue to emphasize the importance of both attracting and retaining employees by including both a step and COLA in the last three fiscal years,” Higgins said.
The total cost of the package for fiscal year 2019-20 is $1,233,604.