County against 85-percent raise for probate judge (AL)

While some of Alabama’s 67 counties, including Marshall, are experiencing drops in their general fund balances, Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, and Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, are proposing a bill that would give Alabama’s probate judges an estimated 85-percent pay increase by 2019 and the Marshall County Commission isn’t too thrilled.

“This is nothing personal with (Marshall County) Probate Judge Tim Mitchell,” Chairman James Hutcheson said at Wednesday’s commission meeting. “It’s a matter of proposal.

“Behind Walker (County), Marshall County would be the second worst affected by this bill,” he continued. “It would definitely cost a county employee their job.”

According to Fridy, there was an act passed 15 years ago that requires a uniform pay raise from counties to probate judges – some counties haven’t been doing that.

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County against 85-percent raise for probate judge
Jay Beard
April 26, 2015
The Arab Tribune
http://www.thearabtribune.com/articles/2015/04/26/news/news3.txt

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