Coffee County officials have begun talks about boosting benefits for county personnel.
Members of the Coffee County Personnel and Compensation Committee voted Aug. 19 to add a paid holiday for all county employees. With that extra day, county employees will have a total of 13 paid holidays.
This paid holiday would be designated as a personal day, and individuals would be able to choose when to use it.
Members of the committee also discussed a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA).
Additionally, talks included providing an AirMedCare membership, which covers emergency transport, for each county employee.
The discussion about boosting paychecks comes on the heels of a meeting earlier this month when county employees addressed the Budget and Finance Committee and voiced concerns about the way compensation is handled by some county departments. They also requested a COLA pay raise in addition to the 3% step raises received every other year.
While employees have received their step raises, they have not seen a cost of living adjustment since 2007.
Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell encouraged members of the personnel and compensation committee to approve the extra holiday for employees.
Cordell also recommended looking at options for providing additional benefits to personnel, including AirMedCare membership and COLA pay increase.
All members agreed county workers deserve pay raises.
The challenge is related to providing funding for the enhanced benefits.
In recent years, county officials have worked with limited funds and have cut expenses to avoid a property tax increase.
Officials will continue to discuss those issues at upcoming meeting.
Any changes regarding employee benefits have to be approved by the Coffee County Commission before they can take effect.