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Hamilton County considering raises for employees

Hamilton County Commissioners are considering wage increases for county employees but first they have to find the money.

Most county employees haven't had a raise in six years.

Board President Chris Monzel wants to institute merit-based increases beginning in July. Those would be contingent on the county administrator figuring out additional revenue sources.

Monzel wants to see how the Governor's budget shakes out before taking action.

"We have to wait and see to make sure that we are spending our money wisely," he says. "The last thing we want to do is go out and promise a bunch of raises and then find out we don't have the money to pay for it."

Commissioner Todd Portune wants to take the wage plan one step further to guarantee all employees at least a one percent increase, retroactive to January first.