Sunday, July 08, 2007

This is outrageous, Raise info not available

This is way beyond outrageous and very probably a violation of the open records law.


County officials won't say exactly how much of a pay increase top county officials will be getting after a 26-cent property tax increase is expected to pass in a close vote on Thursday.

County Finance Director Louis Wright did not respond on a request for the exact amounts he and four other top officials - County Mayor Claude Ramsey, County Attorney Rheubin Taylor, County Mayor Chief of Staff Jeannine Alday and County Auditor Bill McGriff - will receive.

County School Board member Rhonda Thurman, who is leading an effort in opposition to the tax hike, said she called Mr. Wright for the salary figures, but was told he would not give them out until after the budget is finalized. She said she called County Attorney Taylor and he told her the same thing.