County Council Approves Employee Pay Raise


For the first time in four years, Montgomery County employees will get a pay raise after the County Council today approved County Executive Isiah Leggett's negotiated $32 million in increases for FY14. The lone dissenting vote was from Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg) who argued Leggett's agreed upon increases with the County's three employee unions were too large. Leggett negotiated a 3.25 percent cost-of-living increase that will come in September. Police officers will get a 2.1 percent increase and career firefighters will get a 2.75 percent increase in July. Eligible employees will get step increases of 3.5 percent on their anniversary date. From Andrews' statement: County employees deserve a pay raise after three years without a step increase and four years without a general wage adjustment, and I support (and proposed in March) a reasonable and sustainable increase in pay of 4-6 percent for county employees for each of the next two years. However, the pay raises of 13.5 percent over two years for most non-public safety county employees; 14.7 percent over two years for most police officers, and 19.5 percent over two years for most career firefighters agreed to by County Executive Leggett and the County Council are excessive, irresponsible and unsustainable. These pay raises will cost taxpayers $31 million in FY14, $73 million in FY15, and $85 million in FY16. Leggett argued that after four years of holding the line during the Great Recession, county employees deserved the raise: Our cost cutting efforts were necessary, but they called for great sacrifice from County employees. Over the past four years, the average County employee has contributed over $30,000 to help close $2.7 billion in budgetary gaps. Based on the actions already taken, each employee will continue to contribute up to $6,500 a year well into the future. The County Council agreed.

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