MASON CITY – According to the agenda for the March 5th meeting of the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors, the board will hold a public hearing on the county’s 2013-2014 budget. No materials nor information on the budget were included with the agenda, and there was nothing on the county’s website showing information on the budget.
After the public hearing, the board will immediately vote on approval of the 2013-2014 budget.
After the vote on the budget, the board will consider recommendations from the County Compensation Board for raises for elected officials and non-bargaining employees. The board has already recommended a 2.25% raise. “We’ve got surplus, we’ve got fund balance of well over $12 million,” Board member Tim LaPointe said at the compensation board meeting, held in December. “Why shouldn’t we give a raise?”
It was not immediately clear how the Board of Supervisors could vote on a budget that includes an amount for wages before the board actually decides what changes might be made to those wages. Other supervisor boards in neighboring counties have, weeks ago, declared what wage increases would be set for their employees and elected officials.