SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Council members approved a pay raise for county employees without raising taxes Monday night during their meeting.
Over the years county officials have made efforts to give pay raises to workers, but couldn’t do it for everyone until now.
A recent wage study, which started last summer, looked at positions and pay across the board.
Consultants compared jobs and salaries in Spartanburg County to similar sized municipalities and found that, on average, Spartanburg workers were paid 8.5 percent less than their peers.
The council voted unanimously to increase employee pay by that same 8.5 percent.
Taxpayers told us they are glad workers will finally see raises, but said they don’t forget about promises made, such as road improvements and competitive pay for law enforcement.
“They really need to do what they promised they’re going to do to start with before they start doing any raising,” Wood William, a Spartanburg Co. taxpayer said before Monday’s meeting.
Spartanburg County Council Chairman Manning Lynch told us that those improvements will come, along with the raises.
“I agree with the people that criticize us for being slow on road improvements, ” Lynch said. “All of that is not the county, of course. Minor road improvements are state-related things, so we don’t control that. But what we do control is what we’re doing and the money we’re spending,” Lynch said.
Pending raises are good news for Pam Puckett. Her son has served his community for more than 25 years.
“He’s about to retire, so he’s been in for a long long time and he does it because he loves this city and not for the money,” Puckett said.
“I think a lot of them needs a raise, especially the policemen, the county policemen,” Eddie McCoure said. “They work hard everyday, put their lives on the line.”
We asked how can elected officials give all county employees raises without increasing taxes and officials told us it is because of an expanding community.
“We have a lot of industry located here, a tax base that is going up on an annual bases,” Lynch said. “I think last year about $6 million over in our general budget, so I think it will continue to grow.”