Pay raises approved for Cobb County employees

The Cobb Commission unanimously approved a new pay scale Tuesday that will result in raises for many county employees at a cost of $12.1 million through fiscal year 2018.

Chairman Mike Boyce called the employee raises “my number one priority.”

Speaking after the meeting, Boyce decline to speculate about how the county would fund the new pay scale in the years to come or whether it may necessitate a tax hike.

“Millage rate (increases) come if the tax digest we get doesn’t support our programs,” Boyce said. “Quality’s not cheap and we’re going to sustain what it takes to sustain the compensation and pay class study.”

Commissioner Lisa Cupid tied the raises to the county’s ability to provide quality services to residents.

“I am confident that this is a significant step forward,” Cupid said.

Cupid also praised the board’s decision to reinstate a compensation committee to study recruitment and retention of employees.

The new pay scale is scheduled to go into effect June 4, 2017.