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Tippecanoe County employees could see pay raises next year

As News 18 previously reported, county employees didn't receive raises this year due to COVID-19-related budget concerns.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 12:28 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — County Commissioners are considering pay raises next year for all county employees.

As News 18 previously reported, county employees didn't receive raises this year due to COVID-19-related budget concerns.

But Auditor Bob Plantenga says the county brought in more money than anticipated due to higher-than-expected income tax revenue and the flexibility to use CARES Act money on some employee salaries.

"At the end of the day, we could have afforded that but we did give a 0% raise and that's not going to change ... because of getting the CARES Act money, it did put more money into the coffers, so we can really approve more than what we originally thought," he says. 

Plantenga says the extra cash would have been enough to give employees raises. But commissioners are now considering up to a 6% raise next year to make up for the lack of salary increases.

"I think that would've been best because we obviously wouldn't be talking about a six percent raise in 2022 had we given anything at all in 2021. Had we had known ... I'm sure the commissioners would have made a different recommendation and there would have been some cost-of-living increase," Plantenga says.

Commissioners will make their recommendation at next month's meeting.

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