Jones County employees now have a fixed starting salary and a way to get raises under a standard pay scale approved by the county commission.
Commissioners debated a pay scale ever since critics questioned raises for a few top officials about a month ago.
Commissioner Tommy Robinson was against the new pay scale.
He said it set a bad example, that any salary could easily be changed.
"It's going to be a very worrisome signal to send every employee of this county," Robinson said.
The administrative assistant's salary took the largest hit.
Margie Tyson was projected to receive nearly $49,000.
That's almost a $12,000 raise, but under the approved pay scale, her new salary is just under $38,000.
Commissioner Daylon Martin championed the new pay scale which will take effect December 1st.
There is a base salary, along with a merit-based award system.
"If Joe hasn't been doing anything and you know Joe hasn't, Joe gets zero. You just re-upped the percent to go some place else to award a higher working employee. And there's some people who won't get raises. I mean that's the reality," Martin said.
Based on the pay scale roster of county employees, raises ranged from zero to just under $7,000.
There are 156 county employees.
Along with payroll changes, many titles were changed and job descriptions were explained.
The revised pay scale requires will cost more than $100,000 to implement.