With Budget Sessions looming in the very near future, the county's elected officials are working to submit their annual budgets to the county commissioners. One topic of discussion in recent weeks has been possible salary increases for the employees of each department for the next fiscal year.
The elected officials discussed the issue with the county commissioners at their last meeting, asking them to approve even a small raise for their employees, pointing out their employees did not receive even a cost-of-living increase the previous year.
The elected officials were seeking $200 per month for their employees.
The commissioners pointed out that although they would like to give raises, employee health insurance rates were going to increase this year, and that employees would essentially be getting a raise by the county absorbing those costs without passing them on to the employees.
Assessor Cindy Rogers said the elected officials had considered all factors and had come up with the $200 as a starting point to get discussions moving for their budget discussions with the commissioners.
Commissioner Jim Hicks had a rough plan he wanted to look into that included a 2.4% cost-of-living increase for employees before giving the elected officials a final decision.
Hicks continued, saying it was Cobecon, the county's insurance underwriter's best guess so far. Clerk Vicki Edelman said they would have costs more pinpointed after they have processed claims from March of this year.
On a related note, a Resolution concerning Elected Official's Wages was tabled to give the commissioners more time to discuss it.
No decision was made in either matter.