Local county to increase employee pay


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Here's something we don't hear very often:  government employees are getting raises.  McCracken County is hiring, and taxes are not going up.

But those were some of the story lines out of Thursday night's McCracken County Commission meeting.

They plan to start putting a standard 10-percent into a rainy day fund.

The nearly-final budget plan also includes hiring another sheriff's deputy, and giving a cost-of-living raise to other "key county employees."

"Certainly, they're underpaid compared to their peers in other areas, for example, in the city of Paducah.  That sort of thing.  We're hoping to make that a little more equitable, so I'm pleased to see that," Judge Executive Van Newberry said.

The county budget deadline is July 1, but McCracken is expected to have the budget finalized weeks before that, perhaps in May.