Pike County Commissioners Talk Possible Pay Cut


By Brittany Bivins

While Montgomery County Commissioners are in the process of giving themselves retirement benefits, Pike County Commissioners are debating whether to reduce their salaries. Some people think that's a good idea, but others say it doesn't go far enough.

It all started with allegations that county employees taking county vehicles home at night was costing too much money.

"When they're hired as a supervisor or an employee moves up a a supervisor, he's told that that's part of his pay," said Ray Goodson, District 4 Commissioner, who's served for 21 years.

He says he's willing to take a 50 percent pay cut to avoid slashing other benefits. "To save our employees and their transportation, yeah, I'm ready to start cutting at the top," he said.

County Commissioners make about $22,000 a year, and people in Pike County have mixed views on cutting that.

"Sometimes it's good to put other people before yourselves, but sometimes it's bad because you have to look at you have on the job too and what they're going though, so it may be a good thing and it may not be a good thing," said Joyce Knox, who lives in Troy.

But other commissioners say a simple pay cut won't create enough savings to solve the county's bigger problems, including bad roads.

"We're talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars of problems, and you know, the pay cut is just a way that we may can streamline and get some type of revenue, because every little bit helps," said District 6 Commissioner Joey Jackson.

Still, Goodson says the idea is worth a shot.

The commission has delayed a vote until it can further debate the proposal. The next meeting is scheduled for March 25th.

"I would make the motion to do that. I just always thought that if you're gonna cut, cut at the top. Don't go down here and get our lowest," he said.

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