House committee approves delay on DeKalb commissioners’ raises

A Georgia state senator is asking the legislature put on hold until the next terms of office a 60-percent pay raise that DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves.

Sen. Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, proposed the amendment to Senate Bill 430 because he was disappointed with the size of the commissioners' raises and their decision to make it effective Jan. 1.

“If you’re in office when the pay raise is approved, you can’t get it till the term expires,” Millar, whose district includes part of DeKalb, told members of the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “Nobody should get a raise during the middle of their term.”

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The amendment applies to all Georgia counties and says that commissioners who vote on their own raises cannot make them effective during their current terms. The 3-percent raise that DeKalb commissioners approved for CEO Mike Thurmond also would be delayed until 2021.

MyAJC.com has more on the partisan divide during the House committee meeting and why the presiding officer of the DeKalb commission opposed Millar’s amendment. Read more here.

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