‘Everybody wants to be paid a fair rate for fair work’: The Vigo County Council approves a pay raise for county employees

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Vigo County Council approved a 4% pay raise for many county employees.

This council came to this decision after two meetings and many hours of discussion. Councilman Aaron Loudermilk said the council made the best decision to approve this pay raise.

“The thing that impacts people the most and the thing people care about is their pay,” Loudermilk said. “They’re concerned about their pay and what that looks like and everybody wants to be paid a fair rate for fair work.”

Last week, the council originally agreed on a 4.75% pay increase before a recess was called. Upon the resumption of this meeting, a 4% increase was approved by a 4-3 vote. Councilwoman Vicki Weger supported the original increase, but said that 4% is a number that still benefits employees.

“I hope that they’re not disappointed that it did drop one percent,” Weger said. “We did our very best to get as much as we could.”

The possibility of a potential stipend could be on the horizon for county employees. This was not voted on in this council meeting, but Councilman Loudermilk suggested that a stipend is on the table for next meeting.

“So I think if we’re able to give them some type of additional pay this year, in November of this year, it’s going to be very beneficial for them in the holiday season.”

The next scheduled regular meeting for the Vigo County Council is November 9th.

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