Some county staff could see 1.5 percent raise

egislature sets public hearings for 11 ‘modest’ pay hikes

— A separate local law addresses eight appointed officials’ 1.5 percent pay raises. The commissioner of public health would go to a $135,281 salary, three civil service commissioners to $7,188 each, two election commissioners to $83,184 each, the commissioner of finance to $116,725 and director of real property to $66,990.

Pay raises for management staff usually matches union pay raises, but the unions are receiving a 1.5 percent pay raise in 2011 and 2012, while the targeted 11 officials are only receiving a retroactive raise for 2011, Johnson said.

County legislators haven’t received a pay raise in several years, she added.

“These are more than fiscally neutral because of the changes in the health care,” Johnson said. “Schenectady County has had a very strong program for savings in the health care field and we have really relied on our unions and others to agree to that … it saved us multi-millions of dollars.”

Jason Plank, a Schenectady resident, expressed disapproval for the salary increases earlier at the meeting.

“These are hack positions, they are appointed positions, they are not even county employees, but you are counting them as it,” Plank said. “The pay raises are outlandish … this is just the wrong time and it is sending the wrong message.”

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