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Supervisors buy motor grader, accept response to union proposals

This news story was published on December 17, 2012.
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Cerro Gordo County Supervisors at their regular weekly meeting, held December 17th, 2012.

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their regular weekly meeting.

The board agreed to the purchase of a motor grader from Ziegler CAT of Mason City at a cost of $166,000 after trade-in and the additional purchase of a new wing.

In other business, the board accepted a reply and proposal for the union representing sheriff’s department employees (Teamsters Local 238.)  The county rejected a proposed 6% wage increase proposed by the union, but will continue to discuss wages as the negotiations progress.

Regarding pay, the Supervisors and other elected officials will find out Tuesday how much the county compensation board is recommending for their pay increases, if any is granted.  The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board meeting will take place Tuesday at 5 PM at the courthouse.

Supervisors Jay Urdahl, Bob Amosson and Phil Dougherty approved a 2.5% pay increase for themselves last March. Supervisor pay has gone from $31,500 in 2000 to $46,454 currently.   Over the last 20 years, Supervisors’ pay has risen dramatically.

See meeting agenda here.

Subscribers, watch video of entire meeting:


See pay increases for Cerro Gordo County Supervisors over last 20+ years:



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7 Responses to Supervisors buy motor grader, accept response to union proposals

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Should read – New bulldozer covers public servant bullchit- Fat cats.

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    4everyoung Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    4ever49 is right the CG median is down from 2007 but about 2.5% not 8.1. And the decline is for unskilled workers. Most Gov’t employees need college degrees now with some exceptions.

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      4ever49 Reply Report comment

      December 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      What would the median be for CG if farmers were excluded?

      A college degree does not mean an increase is justified.

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    Dot Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    According to Their website, the meeting is at the courthouse Tuesday at 5:00. People should show up and say something!!!!
    Of course they’ll suggest a higher raise and than “compromise down”–either way getting ANOTHER raise!!

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      reality Reply Report comment

      December 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      No one will show up because no one around here cares, about anything, except their govt check.

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    4ever49 Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    If median family income is down 8.1% since 2007 and has been falling for the last 12 years, why are we talking any increase??

    The taxpayers who fund these salaries are in no postion to continue at these levels let alone increase them.

    Perhaps the public sector employees should also share in the decline.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Everyone wishes they could vote themselves a raise. What a deal they have. Need more money, just vote it in and you got it. We had a chance to vote them out and it just didn’t happen.