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Sarasota News Leader August 23, 2013 Page 22 him she felt the majority of county employees the 2009 fiscal year. "They're also taxpayers in Sarasota County," he noted, which means would be rated 3 to 4. they understand that if they want to keep the "I was pretty supportive of not giving raises merit pay, their taxes could go up in succeedfor a while, because I felt like we couldn't afing years. ford it," Patterson said. "But I guess my feeling is, it's time … both for morale … and to Moreover, Hines said, if a business owner calls to talk about opening a new location recognize good performance …" in the county, or if someone has a complaint She added that some employees have had to about county operations, "I want those 4s or take on extra work over the past few years 5s answering the phone and being creative because of layoffs. and thinking about ways to help our overall Patterson and Vice Chairman Charles Hines economy. … There's nothing wrong with payvoiced support for Barbetta's suggestion re- ing quality people their worth." garding how the merit pay should be allocated. Since he took office last year, Hines said, he had been surrounded by "hard-working quality people" who had not had raises since Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. 1300 Main Street • Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Reid told the commissioners they would receive quarterly reports on worker evaluations in the coming fiscal year, so they will be aware of how the merit raises are being paid out. % Auto • Home • Life Renters • Motorcycles Flood • Business • Annuities Financial Services Click for driving directions

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