Library workers to receive 3 percent raises next month

May 26, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

The Carroll County Public Library Board of Trustees voted last night to give all employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise in June and to give some employees 2 percent merit raises in January.

The increase keeps library employees' salaries in line with other county employees' salaries, Director Linda Mielke said.

The library system has about 200 employees.

Trustee V. Lanny Harchenhorn was the only board member among the six who voted against the raises.

Carroll's commissioners said they plan to give county employees raises ranging from 3 percent to 8 percent on July 1, the beginning of the 1995 fiscal year. They also said they would give employees merit raises ranging from 2.5 percent to 5 percent.

Ms. Mielke said the commissioners told library officials they could increase the library salary budget by 4 percent, or about $142,000. The system will spend about $3.7 million on salaries and benefits in fiscal 1995.

She suggested that the board give employees a 3 percent raise in the first paycheck of fiscal 1995 on June 20 but delay the merit raises until January.

If merit raises were to be given in June, the library could only afford to give 1 percent raises instead of 2 percent raises, Ms. Mielke said.

"Psychologically, it didn't feel good to give 1 percent" raises, she said. "I tried to wrestle a few more dollars from the county."

Employees will be eligible for the merit raises if they have worked for the library for at least one year and have met job performance standards.

The total library operating budget for fiscal 1995 will be about $4 million, about a 3 percent increase over the current year's budget.

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