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Posted on: June 4, 2019

COLA & Longevity Pay

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Cost-of-Living (COLA) Pay Rate Increase

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners approved a 2.5 % Cost-of-Living (COLA) increase for all full-time and part-time employees hired on or before July 1, 2019. This increase will be applied to your gross pay and will be subject to all regular taxes and deductions. You will see this increase reflected on your 07/19/19 direct deposit advice. 

Longevity Pay Program

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners approved a new Longevity program to recognize and reward full-time and part-time benefited employees for their length of dedicated service. This program will run annually and independently from cost-of-living adjustments. The longevity formula will be applied after COLA is applied.

First Fiscal Year

For this first year only, the following formula will apply to all benefitted employees:

•    Benefitted employees with less than one (1) continuous year of service as of 06/30/19 will receive COLA only

•    Benefitted employees with at least one (1) but less than five (5) continuous years of service as of 06/30/19 will receive .5% added to their base pay in addition to COLA 

•    Benefitted employees with at least five (5) but less than ten (10) continuous years of service as of 06/30/19 will receive 1% added to their base pay in addition to COLA

•    Benefitted employees with at least ten (10) but less than fifteen (15) continuous years of service as of 06/30/19 will receive 1.5% added to their base pay in addition to COLA

•    Benefitted employees with at least fifteen (15) continuous years of service as of 06/30/19 will receive 2% added to their base pay in addition to COLA

Future Fiscal Years

For all future fiscal years, the above formula will still apply (dates will be adjusted annually). However, in order to be eligible for the annual longevity increase, employees will be required to have a minimum passing score on their annual performance evaluation for each individual year. 

Note: Longevity dates will be determined based upon your most recent full-time or part-time benefitted start-date (if you left the County for any period of time and then returned, then your employment was not continuous). Please see your department Director for your longevity date and percentage for this year. 

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