In February of this year you received information from our office regarding salary increases for county officials. As you recall, county officials will receive no salary increase in the coming fiscal year, since state employees received no increase in the previous fiscal year (T.C.A. § 8-24-102). When we sent the earlier bulletin, we had not received information regarding salary increases for general sessions judges. According to Tennessee statute, salaries of general sessions judges are to be adjusted annually in the same amount received by state court judges. This amount is determined by the percentage of change in the average consumer price index between the previous two calendar years (T.C.A. §§ 16-15-5003; 8-23-103). For the coming fiscal year, that amount is 2.2%. PLEASE NOTE: The increase applies to the base salary plus annual supplements plus adjustments — the total salary (see T.C.A. § 16-15-5003(i)(3)). Check with your judges, because in some counties private acts or other provisions of general law may apply.
We hope this information will be helpful in preparing county budgets for the coming fiscal year.
CTAS cannot prepare salary schedules for general sessions court judges because the salaries in each county must be calculated separately after a thorough examination of the private acts and general laws that apply in that particular county.