Members of the Clark County Quorum Court gave the county’s budget for 2018 a favorable nod during their meeting last week.

Members of the Clark County Quorum Court gave the county’s budget for 2018 a favorable nod during their meeting last week.
Prior to adopting the budget, Justice Tom Calhoon of the Quorum Court’s Personnel Committee reported the budget had been changed to reflect the county’s portion of the salary for a Deputy/CID employee. The county would split the employee’s pay with the City of Arkadelphia.
After adopting the budget, justices turned their attention to the possibility of granting a one-time payment of $500 to all full-time county employees.
Calhoon explained that the Quorum Court did not issue a raise to employees last year, nor are they granting a raise for this year.
According to Calhoon, it would cost $61,812 to pay $500 to each of the county’s full-time employees. The amount includes social security and unemployment.
“We would not use additional unappropriated funds for that. We would be moving monies from appropriated funds into different accounts to cover this,” Calhoon explained.
Justice Brown Hardman questioned why a one-time payment was not being offered to the county’s part-time employees.
According to Calhoon, he has met with Clark County Clerk Rhonda Cole to investigate the issue.
While part-time employees would not be given a one-time payment, Calhoon noted the personnel committee has given county supervisors the liberty to increase part-time employee’s pay per hour.
“If we come up with a formula to do the part-time people; we want to, but we don’t have a good way to do it,” Calhoon said.
Justice Vanilla Hannah expressed a desire to see a formula implemented to include a one-time payment for part-time employees.
Justice Galen White agreed he would like to see the part-time employees get something.
“But we, the personnel committee, meets at least 12 times a year. Any office can send a representative to talk to the personnel committee about what their projected part-time people will be,” White said.