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Commissioners react to outrage among county employees

County employees filled a commission meeting Tuesday. County employees filled a commission meeting Tuesday.

Shelby County commissioners reacted Wednesday to outrage among county employees.

Employees are upset about a proposal that cuts some benefits in half, and made their opinion known at a meeting Tuesday about the possible cuts.  The proposal would cut employee benefits in half, from a maximum of 57 days off per year, to a maximum of 27 days off per year.

County commissioners will ultimately vote whether or not the proposal goes through.

"I think employees have an argument that, when you add all these things up, the cumulative effect is that they're being hit kind of hard," Commissioner Steve Mulroy said.

Commissioner Mike Carpenter disagreed.

"Government employees make slightly more than the average private sector employee, they get more days off, holidays, and they have pensions which the private sector doesn't include anymore.  When 70% of your cost is employees and personnel and we're going to streamline county government, then we're going to have to make some changes," Carpenter said.

However, Carpenter disagrees with provisions in the proposed Flex Plan that allow higher-paid employees to get more days off regardless of length of service

The county will tweak the proposal with suggestions made by employees.  The vote comes to the commission next month.


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