Part-time county workers to see no raises

Part-time workers for the Bartholomew County government won’t see any raises or even a one-time stipend this year, under a plan agreed to by the Bartholomew County Council.

The council decided last month to grant all full-time employees, who are eligible for health care, a one-time stipend of $750 to be paid at the start of the year. However, they did not decide then on how to handle the part-time workers.

At a work session Monday night, the council agreed that the stipend was meant to offset rising health care costs. And since part-time employees don’t receive health care, they would not be eligible.

Council attorney Chris Monroe said that since the council would not be amending its already approved salary ordinance, no formal vote on the part-time employees pay would be required.

Bartholomew County has 379 full time and 64 part-time employees, according to the auditor’s office.