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Budget proposal includes pay raises for Henrico County employees


Henrico County employees are finding out they could finally get a raise for the first time in three years, but it's not guaranteed and they will have to meet certain criteria first.

With budget cuts and a hiring freeze, it seems every year Henrico County employees are being asked to do more with less.

"We know those employees have been struggling," says Henrico County Budget Director Brandon Hinton. Now, the latest budget proposal includes a pay raise. "It makes sense to reward those employees for their efforts."

Hinton says the proposed pay increase affects the entire workforce. County employees who have been working three or more years will be seeing a three percent increase. County employees who have been with the county one to three years will see a 2.4 percent increase.

"The biggest reason for that is compression," says Hinton.  "So teachers, or police officers or librarians who've been here longer than three years deserve a little more."

But there's no pay bump for employees who've been with the county for less than a year or are part-time. Hinton say the raise is performance-based.

"Through their efforts and through their performance, they're going to be rewarded for that," he said.

The money for the pay bump, according to county leaders, comes from cuts made over several years. Still, the positive financial incentive, doesn't mean the recessions effects are over.

"We have to be careful on the expense side and trim our expenses and make this work, because we do expect a slow recovery for many years," says Hinton.

If approved, County employees could see a slightly bigger paycheck by December. 

The budget proposal also includes $20.5 million for schools. The county manager says with that type of investment, the school system will be held to higher standards.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on April 8. It will be put to a vote on April 22.

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