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Supervisors approve salary restoration for county employees
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Stanislaus County employees can expect a few extra dollars in their paychecks this upcoming fiscal year. 

On Tuesday, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to restore 1 percent of the 6 percent employee salary deduction. The Supervisors also eliminated eight hours of mandatory unpaid time off.

The restorations come after a 2011 agreement that saw county employees take a 6 percent decrease in salary along with 104 unpaid time off hours.

The restorations are a direct result of the county's fiscal tenacity during a downturn in the local economy, according to county Chief Executive Officer Monica Nino.

“The county has really done an excellent job in weathering the storm,” said Nino. “The way we were able to achieve that was this board's leadership and willingness to make reductions in a phased approach.”

The 1 percent restoration will add 20 cents per hour for an employee making $20 an hour.

“Right now, we can afford to give back 1 percent,” said Supervisor William O'Brien. “This is something the employees were promised so we’re gonna pass it back.”

Although the restoration vote was unanimous, some board members expressed concern about the future financial health of the county.

Supervisor Dick Monteith said he applauded the employees' willingness to take the cuts when needed, but that the county as a whole should continue to expect future challenges.

“I believe that county employees should not be put on a yoyo because of a short term revenue gain,” said Monteith. “We need a stable economy so that you can plan your lives.”

Although the restorations apply to all county employees and elected officials, the board of supervisors opted forsake the raise.

Board chairman Vito Chiesa said the county “simply could not afford” the raises at the current time.

“I know people don't like talking about raises,” said Chiesa. “But this is something that will be an issue for future board members.”