While the 2013-14 budget currently being considered gives county employees a $1,200 a year raise, their first increase in five years, it also continues to pay county officials an average of $1,522 more than the minimum salaries set by state law. When the current fiscal year ends this month, Dickson County will have paid the 11 county officials whose minimum salaries are set by statute a total of $50,465 more than required based on the county’s population, an average of $4,587 per official. While the specific county officials’ salaries have not increased in five years, they continue to be paid above the minimum salary for officials in a county with a population of 35,000-49,999. Prior to the 2010 census, Dickson County’s official population was above 50,000 based on a special census in 2007. County officials’ salaries were established in 2008 based on that population. When the 2010 census gave Dickson County an official population of 49,666, it dropped the county into a lower bracket for officials’ salaries. However, county Mayor Bob Rial recommended and the county commission approved leaving the officials’ salaries at the higher level because it was believed the city of Dickson’s census appeal would put the county back above 50,000. Even though the city’s special census failed to change the federal number and the county did not appeal the final count, the officials’ salaries have remained unchanged. The same statute also says those officials are to get salary increases each year based on the average raise given state employees the previous year. While the statutory minimums have increased, Dickson County officials have not received raises and the gap between their salaries and the minimums has dropped from an average of $5,634 in 2011-12 to $4,587 in 2012-13 and $1,522 in the proposed 2013-14 budget. If the current budget goes into effect, by June next year Dickson County will have paid its officials $129,192 above the minimum salaries set by law, an average of $3,914 extra per official per year over a three-year period. The 11 county positions whose minimum salaries are set by state law include the county mayor, sheriff, road engineer, trustee, county clerk, register of deeds, circuit court clerk, general sessions court clerk, chancery court clerk, assessor of property and administrator of elections.