Do commissioners need another excuse for not paying employees the increase they earned?

On June 21, 2010 the Chatham County Commissioners told me there were not enough funds to honor the employee’s pay increases promised on the PFP Agreements for the FY2008/2009 work period. During the period in question property values increased from $7.4 billion to $8.6 billion. The property tax income increased $4.8 million and the commissioners increased many fees. The county’s fund balance, savings account, increased by $695,000 this last year even after having to make up budget cuts by the General Assembly. So there was enough revenue to meet the county’s obligations.