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Supervisors approve 2 percent wage increase

By Staff | Feb 21, 2014

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday, Feb. 11 meeting approved a 2 percent across-the-board wage increase for elected officials.

The raise was half of the Compensation Board’s recommendation for a 4 percent raise. The board had three options: to accept the Compensation Board’s recommendations as written, to have no raise or to have a percentage of the recommended raises.

In other business, the board heard a report from Dan Burton, assistant to the Emmet County Engineer, on the possible benefit to the county if the Iowa Legislature should approve a proposed 10-cent fuel tax increase.

According to Burton, the proposal which calls for a graduated increase would raise $69,115 for 2015 with a 3-cent increase from the current tax;

$194,738 for 2016 with a 6-cent increase; and a $364,324 for 2017 with a dime increase. Most of the money would go to the secondary roads fund with a smaller portion going to farm-to-market.

Board chair Alan Madden noted that Palo Alto County had done $17 million in bond issues to fix its roads and that Palo Alto wanted to go with another $20 million.

Madden also pointed to long-needed repairs to Emmet County N52.

“We have to save up on this a long time,” he said.

Burton said the county could bank funds for three years and borrow for up to six years if needed.