Finance committee begins reviewing
budget and employee raises for 2016/2017 Fiscal Year
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[August 11, 2016]
- On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the Logan County Board Finance
Committee held their monthly meeting. Committee discussion included
work on the 2016/2017 budget and employee raises.
County departments have returned budget sheets and Ruben has
began to put together the 2016/2017 budget. He said it is going
better than expected.
Ruben said he has not put revenue for wind farm payments in the
budget as he is not sure when the money will come in.
Ruben said the salary line for deputies has increased by $3,692
because more may be needed for health insurance duties.
Ruben said he wants to raise the Supervisor of Assessment's salary
from $43,900 to $65,000 as a contingency.
For election equipment replacement, Ruben said he put $55,000 in the
County Clerk and Recorder budget. The amount is half of the $110,000
needed to replace the equipment in a couple years.
Logan County Department of Public Health Director Don Cavi said
little change will be needed for their budget. Their Finance
Director Katherine Yaple said salaries will go down since they will
not be paying for dental staff once SIU comes in.
Ruben said other budgets may need to be increased to be more in line
with the audit figures.
Ruben said he would ask for a motion to determine county employee
raises. He asked for a motion from the committee for the raises.
County Treasurer Vicki Dugan will put the numbers in.
Committee member Rick Aylesworth motioned for a three percent raise
for all county employees.
Committee member Gene Rohlfs asked about the rationale for a three
percent raise rather than the .9 CPI (Consumer Price Index).
Aylesworth said he felt .9 would be embarrassing.
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Ruben said the percentage for the raises would apply to non-union full-time
employees of the county, and not those who work for the health department, 911,
or the sheriff. Their raises are negotiated separately.
The motion will be brought forward at Thursday's workshop.
Ruben said he plans to ask for a special finance meeting the fourth Tuesday of
August to discuss further budget changes.
Guests at the meeting were Circuit Clerk Mary Kelley, State's Attorney Jonathan
Wright, and Logan County Public Health Department's Don Cavi and Katherine Yaple,
and Board of Review employees Jane Ryan and Ann Curry,.
Finance Committee members present were committee Chairman Chuck Ruben, Vice
Chairman Bob Farmer, Rick Aylesworth, Dave Blankenship, Gene Rohlfs and Adam
Schmidt. Board Chairman David Hepler and board members Scott Schaffenacker and
Kevin Bateman also attended the meeting.