LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - We have good news for workers on the Lee County payroll.
For the first time since the 2009 great recession, employees will be seeing not one, but two different kinds of raises.
The Lee County Administrator and County Commission says this is something they have been yearning to do for employees for quite a while.
For the first time since the 2009 great recession hit, the county has been able to afford to reinstate merit raises.
The county commission approved the merit raises Monday night at their meeting.
"We are a service organization, and it's very important our employees are taken care of and recognized for how hard them work for the citizens and so we knew it was very important to get merit raises into this year's budget," said Roger Rendleman, Lee County Administrator.
The merit raises mean a two to four percent pay increase for employees. The commission also approved a 1.6 percent cost of living raise for county workers. This inflation raise was reinstated last year for the first time since the 2009 recession
Rendelmen says the raises are a sign the economy is rebounding and the county has done a good job managing money.
He is most proud the county government survived the great recession without layoffs or furloughs.