The Finance and Administration Committee of the Faulkner County Quorum Court approved a 3 percent cost of living raise for all county employees by appropriating $825,000 from the county general fund into the various county departments.

In addition, the committee approved a 3 percent raise for full time employees of the Faulkner County Library. The Quorum Court will make the final decision during its meeting Tuesday.

Faulkner County employees have not received a raise in two years, and committee members said that the raise at that time had not been a full cost of living raise.

Departments being issued salary raises as well as an increase in social security and retirement include: County Judge’s office, County Clerk’s office, Circuit Clerk’s office, County Treasurer’s office, Sheriff’s Department, Assessor’s office, Circuit Court’s office, County Attorney’s office, Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Building Maintenance, County Jail, Coroner, Office of Emergency Management, Data Processing, Jail Juvenile Grant, Jail Fines, Victim Services, County Clerk Automation, Museum Fund, Collector, County Road Department, Criminal Justice, 9-1-1 Department, CMRS/PSAP Department, Juvenile Probation, County Recorder and Victim/Witness office.

In other business, the committee approved an ordinance to establish reimbursements for travel expenses along with meetings and training sessions. Within the ordinance will be meal requests for up to $45 per day reimbursement for traveling in state and up to $75 per day for out-of-state travel. To be eligible, the employee must be staying overnight on work-related business, and no alcohol purchases or tips will be reimbursed. Other sections of the proposed ordinance include restrictions on college tuition, first class airfare and certain hotel rooms rates.