GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed whether or not raises will be given to county employees this year at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Commissioner Jeff Murphy brought up the question, and said to his knowledge, funds for a raise were not factored into the county’s budget, but if it was affordable, he would be willing to look at giving a raise. Commissioner Carl Wood said he was against the idea.

“When you look around at other entities and what they pay, we pay pretty good,” Wood said. “I’m good with giving raises to people who get certifications and further their education.”

Wood said in the future he would like to lower the county’s mill levy, and that the county needs to be careful with its funds in case of economic downturn. One mill is equal to one dollar per every $1,000 of assessed value.

“I’m not for raising taxes either,” Murphy said. “I think we’ve raised the mill rate enough as well, but I’m fine with seeing if we can afford a raise.”

Commissioner Tom Moody said it doesn’t cost anything to look, and asked County Clerk Don Pyle to see what a 25-cent-per-hour raise for county employees would cost overall. Pyle will report back with the cost for further consideration by the commission.

In other business:

The commission discussed if it will include telehealth services as part of its new employee benefits plan. The commission said because it will not cost any extra money, and employees may want to use it, it will most likely be included. The commission will speak with its consultant on the issue;

Murphy said he and County Floodplain Manager Ron Albertini plan to begin drainage work at the Crawford County Fairgrounds within the next couple weeks. Pipe needed for the project has been donated by Vinylplex Inc.; and,

The commission instructed IT Director Jim Vinze to move forward with the disposal of outdated electronics, which are currently stored at the courthouse.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.