Greene Co. adopted budget set to raise minimum wage and add emergency vehicles

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County leaders are calling for safety and equality for its employees. 

This year’s approved budget is providing help for workers and different agencies. 

In the budget, one key component is funding for 10 new vehicles. 

A critical piece for a variety of departments. 

Emergency services are at the top of the list due to the absence of a hospital in the county. 

The absence prompts a lot of wear and tear on vehicles. 

Many first responders commute patients to Wayne, Lenior, and Pitt counties. 

Berry Anderson is the Director of Emergency Services for the county. 

“It’s really important for us to be able to have the means to get to the patients with reliable vehicles,” said Anderson. “We want to provide patients with the proper medical treatment and get them to the hospitals in a timely manner.” 

The Sheriff’s Office and Division of Transportation are set to receive new vehicles. 

It’s not only agencies set to receive help; but, county employees, too. 

The county’s minimum wage for full-time employees are now $11.85 and roughly 24,600 per year. 

The $31,000,000 budget will benefit nine employees. 

A 3% cost-of-living adjustment is required for all employees. 

Kyle DeHaven is the County Manager for the county. 

“There are a number of employees that will benefit from this salary floor that we are implementing who weren’t making that minimum pay scale prior,” said DeHaven. “Through some negotiation and compromise, we came to a salary grade step and implemented it.” 

The county is adding another full-time animal control officer and is increasing a part-time shelter attendant to full-time. 

All changes are set to begin on July 1, 2018. 

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