Prefacing himself with saying he gives the same pitch every year, the Auglaize County prosecutor submitted a budget request for 2012 up 2 percent from this year.
Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said the increase reflects a $500 increase to $3,000 in supplies and a 3 percent pay increase for employees, specifically a pay grade increase for the assistant prosecuting attorney.
In total, Pierce requested a budget of $487,463 for his office in 2012.
Pierce said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Augsberger received his first two pay grade increases but never got the third salary bump of approximately $4,000.
Pierce factored that increase as well as a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for his employees into the salary line item of $277,983 that he proposed to Auglaize County commissioners for 2012.
â€śI understand the economic times but at the same point, I want to get back to the budgeted amounts where I know what that number should be,â€ť Pierce said. â€śIâ€™m not asking that you agree with me. Iâ€™m asking that you understand where Iâ€™m at with numbers.â€ť
Pierce also requested salary increases in the Victim Services Fund, adding up to $34,805 in the salary line item and $57,265 total for the budget, with benefits also proposed to increase 3 percent relative to salaries.
In the DETAC prosecutorâ€™s budget, Pierce requested a salary increase of 1 percent to $27,139. Benefits also would be expected to increase at the same amount for a total budget of $36,976.
Pierce said commissioners decide how to handle cost of living adjustments but then he sets his salaries and heâ€™d like to be able to bump his employees up to the levels where they should be at some point in time.
â€śItâ€™s all guess work for me because I donâ€™t know what you guys have in mind,â€ť Pierce said.
He said he increased supplies because they ran a little short this year with what had been budgeted.