The Wilson County Commission on Monday approved 1.5-percent raises for certified staff members in county schools and 2.5-percent raises for county employees, which is the first pay increase county workers have received in six years.
And the commission did it – along with funding several other plans – without a tax increase.
It’s no secret times were tough over the past few years from an economic downturn. Nearly everyone has felt the effects.
But now the economy appears to be rebounding, and money seems to be flowing more freely again. It’s commendable the commission recognized this and thought of county teachers and workers first.
After all, these employees are valuable to the services provided in Wilson County. From safety and security to roads to licensing to educating our children and more, these are the people who keep us going.
And since they haven’t seen even a cost-of-living pay increase since the start of the economic downturn, these workers deserve this, however small, pat on the back when many of them stuck through the hard times to provide valuable services for Wilson Countians.
This small step is hopefully the first of several to come in Wilson County as the economy continues to improve. Attracting and retaining the best employees should be a top priority.
In the future, hopefully this will become the norm and not the exception.