Bibb County commissioners want a new pay plan for current county employees, and they will see how people moving from Macon employment will fit into the new scale.
The scale, which has an annual cost of about $900,000, is expected to start March 1. County commissioners are expected to vote on the pay plan at 6 p.m. in the Bibb County Courthouse.
But it’s not yet clear what that will mean for employees moving from a handful of Macon departments, including recreation. Some 142 positions are expected to be affected in the transition that’s scheduled to take place July 1.
Bibb County Chief Administrative Officer Steve Layson said the plan is to treat former city employees equally with county employees. That won’t necessarily mean they’ll receive the same pay they’re getting now with Macon, though experience will be taken into account.
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“Will they be making more or less? We don’t know. Will they be equal with their county counterpart? Yes,” Layson said.
The Regional Commission is studying how those employees would make the switch.
Commissioner Lonzy Edwards voted against the pay plan after warning that it could mean another tax increase, as millions of dollars in costs are shifted from the city to the county. Edwards said the county had an obligation to be fair with employees and retirees, but also had to be fair with taxpayers.
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