Fulton County votes to raise minimum wage for employees

Full-time employees of Fulton County government can look forward to a $31,000 minimum wage after a vote by the county commission on Wednesday.

The commission approved what it's calling its "living wage" which will be phased in over the next 5 years and, based on current employment numbers, impact about 10 percent of the overall workforce.

With adjustments added, permanent full-time county employees would make at least $14.90 per hours, officials said in an issued statement.

“Increasing the wages of employees will not only help them make ends meet but also boost morale,” Commissioner Chair John Eaves said. “Studies have found higher wages sharply reduce employee turnover and in the long run, that will save the County money in employment and training costs.”

In a statement, a board spokesperson said they began a feasibility study of the idea in January and also looked into benefits packages, cost of living and raising a family. The board also looked at data from the city, state county and national levels to come to the number.

The increase is set to begin in the 2017 fiscal year.

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