No Increase In Health Insurance Rate! 8/31/17
A request for additional help at the Taylor County Commission on Aging met some resistance at a meeting of the Taylor County Personnel Committee on Thursday. Dave Krug, who serves on the commission on aging committee told the personnel committee that some tasks which need to be done are not being done in a timely and thorough fashion due to a short staff. A request was made to change the COA programs specialist position to a regular full time position and to add a regular 30 hour per week receptionist position in the commission on aging office. It was noted that employees are easier to retain if they are in a full time position with benefits. The current receptionist is a green thumb worker and the ADRC pays for half of the 20 hour per week wage. The committee voted to change the COA Programs specialist position to a regular full time position, but to table the issue of a 30 hour per week receptionist.
At a time when department budgets are being finalized for 2018, Taylor County’s personnel committee received some welcome news. Marie Koerner told the committee that the county employee’s health insurance rates will not increase in 2018. The zero percent increase in health insurance was in line with the county’s attempts to keep spending increases to a minimum.
The county board budget was presented to the personnel committee on Thursday. Due to a per diem increase which was recently approved by the county board, the pay for attending meetings will increase from $50 to $75 per meeting for committee and county board members. Overall that will result in an estimated $24,000 annual increase to the county board budget. That equates to a 39% increase for the county board budget. Scott Mildbrand questioned whether the increase in pay could be reconsidered. Lester Lewis indicated that he supports the increase to $75 per meeting but he felt that pay for second or third meetings on the same day could be a lesser amount. The committee approved the 2018 county board budget as presented.
The county’s fleet of vans is aging. Marie Koerner told the committee that of the county’s 6 vans, 3 or 4 of them have mileage in excess of 130,000 miles.
In other business the personnel committee approved the contract for legal services from Courtney Graff. It was noted that the 2017 contract provided for no pay increase, and the 2018 contract will provide a 2% increase in pay.
The committee approved a resolution to reelect Jess Sackmann as Taylor County Highway commissioner.
The treatment court coordinator position which is a limited time 20 hour per week position was approved by the committee. The position is paid for by grant money.