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The Oldham County Sewer District’s nine employees will see a small raise this year despite the shadow of a $16 million debt.
Members of Oldham County Fiscal Court stepped in this summer, telling OCSD officials they need to minimize their debt.
Executive Director and Chief Engineer Vince Bowlin said the 2.5 percent raise is less than a cost of living increase.
He said in the last year, employees have seen increases in insurance costs, and no longer have take-home vehicles.
Bowlin said the debt was incurred solely from trying to improve the sewage treatment in the county — building treatment plants and other infrastructure.
Employees usually receive a raise in July, but in July he wasn’t sure the district was going to be around much longer, Bowlin said.
The raise passed the sewer district’s board 3-1. New board member and county chief financial officer Shawn Boyle voted against the raise.
He said the employees deserve a raise, but there are still many questions about the future of the sewer district.
Judge-executive Duane Murner, county treasurer Stan Clark and Boyle are considering contracting with a nationwide company to manage the day-to-day operations of the sewer district. The board would still exist under that proposal.
Murner remains quiet about who that company may be.