More pay for Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies could be on the way.
The budget season has started in Augusta, with Sheriff Richard Roundtree making his proposal before city leaders for next year.
Sheriff Roundtree is looking for a $3.5 million increase in the city's largest budget, about a 6 percent hike. It would increase the Sheriff's Office budget to more than $61 million.
The largest share of the increase would go for a 5 percent pay raise for the all 755 employees.
Sheriff Roundtree says the department has delivered. "We showed that the homicide rate is down, our traffic fatality rate is down, my burglary rate is down. That's the work and I promised that to the officers, so I'm going to stand by that," he said.
Back in February, in a 6-4 vote, Augusta Commissioners approved a $16,000 salary supplement for Roundtree, but he says he's not in line for another five percent salary hike.
"And, you will not be part of the five percent raise?" we asked Sheriff Roundtree. "I will not be part of the five percent raise," assured the Sheriff.
The Sheriff just got the ball rolling. Augusta Fire Department Chief Chris James also made his budget proposal before city leaders. He also requested a 5 percent increase for department employees.
City Administrator Fred Russell will make his budget recommendations for Commissioners to consider next month.
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