The following were among actions taken at Monday's meeting of the Howard County Council. For more information call 992-2001.

NARCOTICS UNIT FUNDING -- State's Attorney William R. Hymes asked the County Council for an immediate budget increase of $75,000 to enlarge his staff slightly to help it prosecute the growing number of drug cases in the county.

"There has been a 53 percent increase in case loads over the last four years and we can't absorb that additional load," said Hymes, who heads a staff of 20 attorneys.

The additional funds requested would add the equivalent of 1 1/2 staff positions, purchase electronic surveillance equipment and computerize data files, Hymes said.

Assistant state's attorney Mike Rexroad explained that although the narcotics unit has broken up a number of drug rings here, it is critical that the county "come into the 20th century in drug prosecution" because of its location in the middle of the growing Baltimore-Washington drug corridor.

Rexroad stressed the need to computerize the department because keeping track of offenders manually is difficult and in some cases "repeat offenders slip through the cracks."

The council will vote on the funding request at its Jan. 4 meeting.

PAY RAISES FOR TOP 28 EMPLOYEES -- County Executive Elizabeth Bobo recommended the council give pay raises of about 7 percent next year to the county's 28 highest ranking employes, after a study found their salaries lag by an average 17 percent below those of top employes in other Washington-Baltimore area counties.

The council will review pay raises for the county's 1,400 other public employes before adopting the fiscal 1989 budget next year.

County Administrator William Eakle said that the increases are necessary if the county "wants to remain competitive in its efforts to attract and keep the most qualified personnel." Under county regulations, the pay of top employes, including administrators and department heads, can only be changed by council legislation. The pay was last changed in 1980.

The raises, totaling $55,000, would go into effect next July. The 28 salaries range from $24,921 to $70,289.

The council will vote on the pay increase at its Jan. 4 meeting.