Dickinson Co. Supervisors Approve Wage Increases For Elected & Non-Elected Employees
(Spirit Lake)-- The Dickinson County Board of Supervisors today (Mon.) approved wage increases for county employees. The Compensation Board had recommended a five percent increase for the Sheriff and a four percent increase for all other elected officials. The Board of Supervisors instead settled on a four percent increase for the sheriff with a 3.2 percent raise for all other elected officials, with a 1.2 percent increase for the supervisors along with a $1,000 bonus to the chairman.
Supervisor Kim Wermersen cited one factor in particular in going with increases that were lower than recommended by the Comp Board...
"The big challenge we have is we have a tremendous increase in insurance this year. As you know a big part of our compensation here is our benefits. We have a tremendous benefit package for our employees, and that one hit us pretty hard. So I think we have to take that into consideration along with our considered increase for our employees on their wages. That has to be a part of that."
Fellow supervisor Tim Fairchild suggested it may be time to discuss the possibility of county employees sharing some of the cost of health insurance...
"Insurance increases certainly hold down wage increases. There's too much pressure on wage increases due to the increases in insurance. You just can't ask the taxpayer to continually fund unlimited insurance."
The supervisors today (Mon.) also approved a 3.2 percent wage increase for the county's non-elected employees.
This being the first meeting of the new year, the supervisors also approved numerous appointments and re-appointments to various boards and commissions.