County employees expected to get raises Votes on new budgets for city, county expected Tuesday

Published 11:42 am Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pay raises have moved a step closer for all Warren County employees.

County Administrator John Smith, who has devised six budget plans for consideration by the Board of Supervisors, said Wednesday that the five elected officials are leaning toward the plan that would give each of the county’s 270 employees, including deputies, a 3 percent raise. In addition, the county would pay for a third assistant district attorney for DA Ricky Smith’s office.

“That’s the plan we’re heading into the week with,” John Smith said as supervisors prepare to meet Tuesday to adopt the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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The City of Vicksburg’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen also is to meet Tuesday to adopt a new budget for the municipality.

Neither plan is expected to raise millage rates or taxes. Both budgets are expected to see slight decreases after a year in which property values dropped and the general local economy was depressed, a reflection of the national economic picture and the spring flood that saw the Mississippi River at Vicksburg climb to a historic 57.1-foot crest, taking with it homes and jobs.

The extra prosecutor would be paid $73,833.98 annually, including benefits, by restoring funds equal to what a federal anti-crime grant had paid the position until last year. In budget requests, the DA’s office had projected a third assistant would have at least five years’ experience and command more than $104,000 in pay and benefits.

The final vote on the county budget is expected during a public hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday. City officials are expected to vote at their regular meeting, at 10 a.m. the same day.

The city’s new budget is projected to be $28.79 million; the county’s, $14,834,609 million.