The Allegany County, NY, Board of Legislators will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to increase the salaries of 20 county officials by an average 13.82 percent next year, with a $26,167 hike for the county administrator and a 26.46 percent increase for the personnel officer.
If the local law is approved by lawmakers, it is subject to a permissive referendum via legal petitioning by sufficient county voters.
Although the average jump is 13.82 percent, that figure is lower than it appears due to inclusion of part-time individuals, along with the county attorney and public works superintendent having had a new wage scale set upon hiring this year.
There are three positions out of the 20 with proposed increases of more than $20,000 each and 11 at more than $10,000. Five titles will receive raises of more than 25 percent and a dozen at more than 12 percent.
There may be more to come
The changes reportedly are coming, at least in part, from a comparability study of wages in other counties performed by a consultant.
The results of the study, however, along with the wage increases appear to have been discussed behind closed doors.
The total increase for the 20 positions totals more than $206,000, as shown on our Allegany Hope Community News chart which accompanies this story.
Many other non-union positions still may be added to the major salary increases list for next year due to the jobs not being covered under local law requirements.
That impact won’t be known until a tentative budget for next year is received by the Board, possibly on Wednesday.
The public hearing will be at 2PM October 26 in the Board meeting room in the County Office Building, 7 Court Street, Belmont.
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