Wiregrass: No raises next year for Houston County workers

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Houston County, (WSFA) - Houston County workers won't see a raise next year.

County Commissioners announced that next year's budget includes both a wage freeze and a freeze on new hires.

This is the first time in 20 years the county has done away with its step raises, but it will save nearly $400-thousand dollars.

This solution also prevented the county from any lay-offs.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, "It's a bad situation.  We hate not giving our employees raises, but we can only use the money that we have, and this is a tough year from a revenue perspective."

Commissioners say they hope to keep a $4-million dollar reserve on hand with the cuts.