MCLENNAN COUNTY (August 20, 2013)--Many longtime county employees are breathing a huge sigh of relief this evening after McLennan County commissioners opted to reinstate their longevity pay.
The proposal to eliminate the perk, which is based on the number of years an employee works for the county, created controversy in the courthouse.
Employees receive an additional $5 a month for every year they’ve worked for the county.
Commissioners adopted a preliminary budget last week that included cutting the longevity pay for all employees except those in the Sheriff’s Office, whose pay they could not cut by state law.
The move sent an emotional shock-wave throughout the courthouse, and courthouse annex.
Many longtime employees were faced with the loss of as much as $140 a month plus added costs for insurance, which would have amounted to a monthly loss of $200 in their paychecks.
County Judge Scott Felton said Tuesday the proposal to cut the longevity pay has been removed from the table for now.
“So the general consensus is right now by the court is to take that cut off the table and because the last thing the commissioners want to do is try and balance this budget on the backs of the employees only,” he said.
Felton said commissioners found other areas to cut in order to reinstate the pay.