Cecil’s Approved Budget Includes Increased Compensation & Education Funding

Cecil County recently adopted its FY 2017 budget to include increased compensation for all County employee groups, including funding for Cecil College and Cecil County Public Library.

According to the county’s proposed budget in brief,

  • Law Enforcement Officers collectively bargained under the FOP agreement – 1% Cost of Living increase on July 1, 2016, two 2% step increases on July 1, 2016, which approximates a 5% increase; additionally, for Law Enforcement Officers collectively bargained under the FOP agreement with 5 years of service as of July 1, 2016, on January 1, 2017, a one grade increase (remain in same step), which approximates an 11.06% increase (14.56% year over year);
  • For Emergency Responders collectively bargained under the IAFF agreement and for Correctional Officers, Dispatchers and all other County Employees – 1% Cost of Living increase on July 1, 2016, two 2% step increases on July 1, 2016, which approximates a 5% increase;
  • For Cecil College and Cecil Public Library – funding from the County to support 5% wage increases;
  • This is the first step of a four-year compensation plan to improve the County’s ability to attract and retain our employees;

Provides for the first in-house animal care and control operation operated by the County;

Provides a 1.3% increase in the County’s commitment to Cecil County Public Schools in operating expenses based on changes in enrollment and for small capital projects. Among other items, the increase provides a 1% COLA, and steps for all groups. With the FY17 budget, we are also supporting continued site work for the replacement of Gilpin Manor Elementary School, funding for boiler replacements at Bo Manor Middle/High School, Kenmore and Thomson Estates Elementary Schools, and Cherry Hill Middle School, a roof replacement at Cecilton Elementary, land acquisition for Chesapeake City Elementary School, and finish the construction on Perryville Elementary School;

Provides increased levels of funding to Cecil College and Cecil County Public Library, which are intended to fund increases in the cost of health care and maintenance of facilities;

View Cecil County’s adopted budget here and for more details, read the budget in brief.

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