HARRODSBURG - Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler has met County Clerk Ronnie Compton and Sheriff Ralph Anderson one-on-one about their financial needs in the upcoming fiscal year, but the reality is the same. There is no money available for increases of staff or their wages.
"I Iook forward to better days," Trisler told the Fiscal Court Tuesday morning.
Nevertheless, the only increase in wages will be based on the amount the state sets as a cost of living percentage. It has been set at 3.5 percent as an estimate until the state makes a final decision.
"It's not a reflection on (county workers); it's a reflection of the times we're in," said Trisler.
The cost of insurance and benefits has risen 23 percent, Trisler said.
He and one or two magistrates have met with Anderson and Compton.
He said the clerk's office budget is expected to go up about $100,000 more than last year to $4 million and return $120,000 in excess fees to the county treasury.