BATAVIA – In a move that appears to put the cart before the horse – or in a city with harness racing, the sulky before the horse – the Genesee County Legislature will hold a public hearing on granting raises that were already approved in the county’s 2013 budget.
The Dec. 12 hearing is on 1.5 percent salary increases for elected officials, as well as appointed department heads of the Social Services, Highway, Mental Health and Public Defender’s offices.
Also included are the two election commissioners.
Omitted are the re-elected sheriff and treasurer. Both have served several terms but are not included in the first year of a new term to which they were named last month.
The state also has to approve the new salaries after a 35-day waiting period.
The state-manadated salaries for county judge and district attorney also are in the adopted spending. In all, about 20 officials are covered.
All raises, including nine listed in the public hearing, are part of the $145 million in spending for next year adopted last month by the Legislature. In the unlikely event the raises are turned down at the hearing, the funds would remain untouched. The increases, if approved, are retroactive to Jan. 1.
Most union workers also will receive increases of 1 percent to 1.5 percent.
Legislators declined a raise in what they call “an austerity budget.”