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Chatham County commissioners should honor obligations to our hard-working county employees

By Brian Bock
Posted Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - When the 2009-2010 budget was passed last year, George Lucier stated: "When recession struck, Chatham County immediately froze hiring for many positions as well as increases." He went on to announce that the pay-for-performance salary increases earned by county employees would not be paid.

This seemed like a common-sense approach to the tough economic realities that we faced. What most of us didn't know at the time was that these employees had written and signed agreements with their managers outlining the conditions of these merit increases. These agreements were viewed as contracts for several years prior to 2009. However, if as Commissioner Lucier said, the choice came down to putting people out of work or not paying, it would have made sense to not pay.

Unfortunately, it seems this was a false choice. In the past two years the Board of Commissioners has agreed to create several new positions. These include a human relations director, a transportation director, an obesity prevention coordinator, an affordable housing/green building specialist, and a sustainable communities director. Total cost of just these five positions with salary, benefits, training, etc. is $462,044 per year.

That is almost half a million dollars that could have and should have been used to honor obligations to our hard-working county employees and their families. Nobody is suggesting that salary increases should be implemented if we don't have the money in the budget, but common sense says that previous commitments need to be fulfilled before new obligations are taken on.

Brian Bock is a candidate in the November election for the District 3 County Commissioner seat currently held by incumbent George Lucier.

 
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Chatham County commissioners should honor obligations to our hard-working county employees
Bock believes half a million dollars should have been used to honor obligations to our hard-working county employees and their families.
 
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