Elected department heads and their employees who are paid a percentage of their bosses' salaries will have to wait a bit before finding out whether they will get a 10 percent wage hike as recommended by the county Compensation Board.
Tom Daniels, chair of the Buena Vista County Compensation Board, officially presented the Board's recommendations to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. While the supervisors did not indicate they would turn down the Compensation Board's recommendations wholesale, neither did they indicate they would follow through with the Board's recommendations.
Daniels said the Compensation Board has looked at other area counties before making its recommendation for a hefty increase last Monday.
"We do see some inconsistency there," Daniels said. Daniels noted, though, that the Compensation Board approved the 10 percent pay increase by a split 4-2 vote.
"This hopefully will have more people consider running for these offices," Daniels said.
"This is my first year as chair and it's a dubious honor," said Daniels, noting the position the sometimes controversial role the Compensation Board has between county employees and the Board of Supervisors.
"It's your goal where we go from here," Daniels said, thanking Auditor Karen Strawn for her assistance in providing information to the Compensation Board.
"It will be a while" before the supervisors make a decision as to what percentage of wage increase they will put into the budget, said Supervisor Jim Gustafson.