8/13/15 – 5:21 A.M.
The Putnam County Board of Elections budget came under fire from the county commissioners this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a $5,000 difference between what the commissioners budgeted and what was submitted by the BOE was a sticking point. The increase was due in large part to an increase in staff wages that were not allocated during the current budget.
The Board of Elections approved a bump in staff wages late last year. The biggest increase was for clerk Mary Sybert, who went from $12.10 an hour to $15.45. BOE member Tom Jerwers told the commissioners, “When you talk real dollars, we were just bringing a dedicated employee up to a livable wage.”
Commissioner Vincent Schroeder said the commissioners hands were tied. Putnam County laws prevent the commissioners from placing extra money in salary line items.
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