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Madison County Commission votes down time management system

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Millions of dollars in overtime is being paid out by the Madison County Commission.

We were first to tell you about one commissioner's fight to bring accountability .

After -2- hours of intense discussion, the vote was 3-3 with the tie broken by Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie

Gillespie voted down the request to go with the same system used in many Alabama counties with strong results.

Madison County employees worked 84-thousand hours or $2 million dollars overtime in 2010.

Commissioner Faye Dyer calls that wasteful spending saying at that price tag, Madison County could have hired 60 more full time employees.

"We have had built in $38,000 of overtime pay every pay period. That's a lot of money," said Dyer.

Commissioner Dale Strong-strongly agrees.

His solution? A time management system, a suggestion shot down by commissioners several years ago.

Since then, the commission has paid out more than 10 million dollars in overtime.

"We've got to make a decision. We've watched as other governments and school systems have failed to make decisions and then the price is ultimate," said Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong.

He says the only way to control overtime spending is to hold everyone accountable.

Commissioners agree that needs to be done, but some are in no hurry saying they want to see if other companies can offer a similar product as the one Commissioner Strong has suggested, only at a cheaper price.

"I think maybe for us at this point to move on might be a little premature," said Commissioner Bob Harrison.

But can we afford to wait?

Here are the numbers.

In 2010, 45 county employees made more than $100,000 thanks to overtime.

There was a grand overtime total last year of 2 million dollars.

Folks we talked with say that money could be better spent on hiring more jailers, more deputies, or even going to pay raises for county workers who average less than $40,000 a year. No where near their six figure friends.

While the commission voted down Strong's request to go soley with Kronos Solution, they did agree to allow Kronos and other companies to bid on the project.

They also voted to selecting a rules committee to look at certain pay procedures that need to be followed once they vote on which company to go with.

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