Commission owed $119,000 in back pay - WKRN News 2

Commission owed $119,000 in back pay

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. -

County commissioners in Clarksville are set to pay themselves $119,895.52 in back pay because of a raise the commission passed seven years ago but never paid.

In 2006, the Montgomery County Commission increased its per diem pay for regular commission meetings from $100 to $150.

Montgomery County's County Mayor was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

But her office did tell Nashville's News 2 that the oversight happened because the pay raise was added to the budget, but was not passed as a resolution.  

The county commission has researched attendance records to determine how much money in back pay is owed to county commissioners and 42 members of the general public who worked on commission committees.

The back pay will vary.  

Montgomery County tax payers said the oversight raises concerns about how well the commission is accounting for taxpayers' money.

"We are accountable for every single thing we do," Clarksville resident Ricky Smith King said. "It should be like that for them as well."

He continued, "For one they are taking it out of our taxpayer money and it is not right."

Others felt that the money should be spent on county projects.

"Some of the road conditions here are just ridiculous," Jolene Welk said. "They should use that money on something more useful."

If passed, the county plans to pay out the $119,000 in one lump payment to everyone impacted.

Not everyone who will be getting back pay has been notified.

The county said some of the back pay is owed to people who are deceased.

That money will be paid out to the person's estate.

The county commission also increased its per diem for its informal non-voting meetings from $100 to $200 in July.

The county mayor's office said that is the first raise for the commissioners since 2006.

During the same time period the county reports an increase of 40,000 citizens.

The county commission is expected to take a final vote on the issue November 12.

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