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Tama County Supervisors approve two percent wage hike

January 17, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Recently the Tama County Board of Compensation gave a recommendation of a three per cent increase across the board for all elected employees of Tama County.

According to law, the Board of Supervisors can reduce the recommendation, but cannot increase the recommendation.

After some consideration of the recommendation, at the Monday, Jan. 13, board meeting, First District Supervisor Larry Vest made a motion to reduce the three per cent increase to a two per cent increase. The reasoning for this motion, said Vest, was non-union workers would be getting a two per cent increase and he felt there should not be any larger increase for union employees than non-union. Vest said supervisors now had the power to consider supervisors wages separate from the other employees, but seen no reason to make a difference.

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All three supervisors approved this decision. Chairman Dan Anderson, 3rd District supervisor, said, the Board of Supervisors appreciated the work of the Compensation Board and all the consideration they put into their decision, saying he felt they made a good decision.

In other business on Monday:

Supervisors made two appointments to the County Compensation Committee of Condemnation Proceedings as Owners of Property. These were Mike Pieper and Larry Thomas, both from Tama.

The Drainage District No. 1 election recently held was canvassed and shows a total of four votes, with James Mason, Dysart, receiving one vote and David Calderwood, Traer, receiving three votes. The board approved both candidates.

Susan Jones reported the health insurance fund had a long time history of not increasing rates ( nearly ten years), but rates will jump approximately twenty per cent for the coming year. This would affect the budget for health insurance and will require an increase in the internal budget. This is due to the Affordable Health Care Act.

Claims approved for the past week totaled $358,520.

On Monday of last week the Board of Supervisors accepted the Fiscal Year 2013 Audit done by Bowman & Miller, P.C., of Marshalltown.



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