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RAISES OR NOT? A chart provides compensation comparisons for other employers in Sarasota County. Sarasota County Government is the second largest employer in the county. Image courtesy Sarasota County WITH REQUESTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, THE COUNTY COMMISSION HOLDS OFF ON A VOTE REGARDING MERIT PAY INCREASES FOR NON-UNION COUNTY WORKERS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor It may be the last budget workshop of the summer — as it was last year — before the Sarasota County Commission decides whether to provide a pay boost to non-union county employees in the next fiscal year. sions during a June 21 budget workshop, as the board considered requests from both county constitutional officers and its own department heads. There were no takers. If I were asked today, saying if Commissioner Nora I've got to fish or cut bait, I would Patterson raised probably support the salary increase … the issue at the end of more than seven Nora Patterson Commissioner hours of presentaSarasota County tions and discus- "Mr. [Randall] Reid is asking for that now," Patterson said of a decision on the county administrator's proposal for a 3 percent merit pay increase.

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