Commissioners to mull raises for teachers, workers

April 12, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll County commissioners expect to consider whether to give raises to county and school employees when they meet today for a budget work session.

The Carroll County Board of Education asked the commissioners Thursday for $2.4 million to cover 3 percent pay raises for school employees.

After discussing the issue in a closed session, the commissioners said they would talk about it again today. They are in the process of drafting a budget for fiscal 1994, which begins July 1.

Asked whether they also were considering raises for county employees, the commissioners said they were. County employees have not received a raise in three years.

The commissioners said they are not considering raising property taxes, but they might raise the piggyback tax.

Carroll's property tax rate of $2.35 per $100 of assessed value has not been raised since 1990. The piggyback tax is 50 percent of the state tax.

The total county budget is expected to be about $124 million. The school board has requested $67 million from the county.

The commissioners are considering budget requests from other "outside" agencies in addition to the school board. The county budget staff has recommended to the commissioners that these agencies, including the school board, receive $78.5 million.

The agencies and their allocations recommended by the staff include:

* Health Department -- $1.9 million, a 21.5 percent decrease from the current year.

The county added money to the department's budget for the current year because the state cut funding for some programs. The state has restored money for the programs for the next fiscal year, the budget staff said.

* Carroll Community College -- $2 million, a 10.2 percent increase.

An increase of $192,180 is needed mainly because the college must make employees' Social Security payments, which the state used to make.

* Resident Trooper Program -- $3.2 million, a 6.9 percent increase.

The $206,865 increase will be used to buy 17 new patrol cars.

* Volunteer Firemen's Association -- $2.5 million, a 6.5 percent increase.

The $149,570 increase is needed because the costs of supplies, insurance and utilities have increased, the budget staff said.

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