MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board recommended a 2.25% pay increase for elected officials and non-bargaining employees Tuesday evening.
The board meets once a year to make salary recommendations to the County Supervisors for elected officials and non-bargaining employees working for the county. The Supervisors make the final determination on what increase, if any, will be granted. The board recommended a 1.5% pay increase in 2011.
The board sang strong praises for the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, and refused to acknowledge an assertion by Chris Watts of Mason City that the supervisors are overpaid and only serve part-time.
Former Mason City Mayor Tom Jolas, a member of the board, said “I’m really deeply concerned about the cost of the (health) insurance, a lot.” See video for discussion on insurance rate cost increases.
Board member Tim LaPointe said, in offering a 2.5% raise and a temporary 2% increase in county contributions to health care premiums (both were rejected), that “we may not have good economic times throughout the country, but we do here in Cerro Gordo county” and credited the board of supervisors for his assertion.
State figures show that in 2011, 6,306 people took food assistance in Cerro Gordo county, or about 14% of the county population.
“We’ve got surplus, we’ve got fund balance of well over $12 million,” LaPointe said. “Why shouldn’t we give a raise?”
NIT was recently told by Joey Van Zomeren, executive director of the Trinity House of Hope, that her women’s shelter is asking the county for $10,000 and that due to a major increase in rent, her agency may need to move from its location at 2 South Adams Avenue. The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors denied the women’s shelter funding last year.
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