Tuscaloosa County Commission OKs new budget, employee raises

 

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Fusco

TUSCALOOSA – As inflation rises, in many places raises aren’t doing the same thing. But Tuscaloosa County employees are getting a boost in their paychecks as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget.

After some deliberation, the Tuscaloosa County Commission has officially approved its general fund operating budget for this upcoming fiscal year.

The new budget totals $146.8 million and will include a 5% pay raise for all employees.

“For 36 years, we’ve been able to offer cost of living adjustment for our employees just to help keep up with inflation,” said Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge and Tuscaloosa County Commission Chair Rob Robertson.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kenneth Abrams is beginning his 24th year working in Tuscaloosa County, and said this raise means he can continue doing what he loves where he belongs.

“Well, I love being here,” says Abrams. “It’s good when your employer takes care of you, worries about your welfare and being able to take care of yourself and your loved ones.”

Commission members said they’re grateful they can take care of their employees each year, because their employees are the people who make the county great.

The new fiscal budget and pay raises begin Oct. 1.

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