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RAISES, WITH CAVEATS Steve Botelho (left), the county's chief financial planning officer, and County Administrator Randall Reid address the County Commission during a June budget workshop. File photo THE COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES A MERIT PAY PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES, WITH THOSE RECEIVING THE LOWEST PERFORMANCE RANKINGS TO RECEIVE NOTHING By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor On a 4-1 vote Aug. 20, the Sarasota County Commission agreed to provide up to 3 percent in merit pay raises for non-union county employees who receive the top two scores on evaluations to be conducted in the new fiscal year. nothing, according to the motion put forth by Commissioner Joe Barbetta. "The concern I have is a lot of 4s and 5s … are watching the 1s or 2s mail it in, showing up, doing the minimum and collecting their check," Barbetta said. "We need to reward those that are working hard to be 4s and 5s." Those employees who earn a 3 out of 5 — There's nothing wrong with paying with 5 reflecting superior work — would quality people their worth. get a boost up to 2 perCharles Hines Vice Chairman cent, while those rated Sarasota County Commission 1 or 2 would received Commissioner Christine Robinson cast the "No," vote, as she did last year when County Administrator Randall

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