Santa Rosa Commissioners held hearings last week to start allocating the county’s approximately $100 million budget. Raises for county employees was a request made repeatedly by constitutional officers to the board, which voted to move forward with the process to increase property taxes three percent to facilitate the $1.35 million needed to fund the pay hike.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall provided perhaps the most compelling case to justify the raises. “We’ve become a training ground,” said Hall, who provided data showing close to ten percent of his employees have quit their jobs since the last time merit raises were given in 2009. Hall said many of those who resigned cited pay as the reason for the departure.
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