Sarasota News Leader

06/14/2013

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A PAY BOOST? Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Christine Robinson listen to a presentation during a budget workshop in May. File photo THE COUNTY COMMISSION ON JUNE 21 IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE WHETHER NON-UNION COUNTY EMPLOYEES WILL GET A RECOMMENDED 3 PERCENT RAISE IN THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sarasota County commissioners this week requested more information in advance of their next budget workshop — on June 21 — before committing to a proposed 3 percent merit-based pay increase for non-union employees as part of the county's 2014 fiscal year budget. "It's very hard right now to reward anyone for great performance," Reid pointed out. "There's nothing to give [an employee] other than [the comment], 'It's wonderful you have a job and I'll try to make this as nice a place to work as possible.'" County Administrator Randall Reid recomIt's very hard right now to reward mended the raises, saying a preliminary anyone for great performance. 3.37 percent increase Randall Reid Administrator in property tax values Sarasota County made them feasible. He added, "There's very little leverage or incentive or reward you can give to someone." Commissioner Christine Robinson said she

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