The elected officials of Palo Alto County will see an increase of two percent for their salaries in the coming fiscal year following action by the Board of Supervisors in Tuesday's meeting. The board also approved a three-year contract with the county's Secondary Road workers, granting a two percent salary increase each year of the agreement as well.
The supervisors were presented with the final negotiated settlement with the Secondary Road Workers' union, which has been ratified by the union members. The settlement calls for a contract length of three years, from fiscal year 2013-14 to fiscal year 2015-2016. Each year of the agreement, the workers will receive a two percent increase in salary.
Also included in the agreement is a change in the vacation policy, allowing four weeks of vacation time after 18 years of service. Previously, the policy called for 19 years of service before four weeks of vacation were awarded to employees.
On a motion by Supervisor Keith Wirtz, the contract was approved on a 3-1 vote, with Supervisor Jerry Hofstad casting the dissenting vote. Supervisor Ed Noonan was not present and did not vote.
The Supervisors turned their attention to the salary recommendation of the Compensation Board, which met back in December. At that time, the Compensation Board recommended raises of three percent for the elected officials of the county.
"We just gave Secondary Roads a two percent raise," noted Board Chair Ron Graettinger. "I think we need to give those people who are department heads the raise."
"In the six years I've been on this board, there were two years of zero percent, a year of one percent and one year of one and a half percent," noted Keith Wirtz. "I think we need to do something for our employees. They all do a wonderful job for the taxpayers."
"They got paid for every hour they work," commented Supervisor Jerry Hofstad.
"I think two percent raises for the elected officials is fair," Graettinger commented.
But Supervisor Linus Solberg offered another idea.
"I'd move we offer $750 raises to the elected officials, with no raise for the supervisors."
Supervisor Ed Noonan, who was listening to the meeting via telephone, offered a second to Solberg's motion.
"The judges in the state of Iowa haven't had a raise in four years," Solberg noted. "The county always has applications for job vacancies and when insurance costs go up, that counts as a raise as well."
Graettinger called for a roll-call vote on the motion, which failed on 3-2 vote with Hofstad, Wirtz and Graettinger voting nay and Noonan and Solberg voting aye.
Wirtz then moved to grant a two percent raise to the elected officials, which received a second from Graettinger. On a roll-call vote, Wirtz, Graettinger and Hofstad voted aye, with Noonan and Solberg casing nay votes. Graettinger declared the motion passed.
Office Current 2.0% Increase New Salary