County’s hourly workers to get September pay hike

After discussion at several previous meetings, Boone County Commissioners decided Monday that all county hourly workers, except for Sheriff’s Department dispatchers, will receive a $2 per hour increase effective Sept. 22, 2022.
The pay raise will not include dispatchers, because that job category received a $3 per hour increase last spring. Also, the raise will not include elected officials or deputies, because their salaries are set by resolution every four years.
Before making the increase official, the board met again with elected officials and department heads to discuss employment and staffing topics.
At several previous meetings, department heads have stated they are having difficulty hiring new workers and retaining existing workers due to the current wage scale. Commissioners have discussed a potential raise several times in relation to other increasing costs due to inflation.
Earlier this year, the board decided to continue the county’s full family Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance coverage despite a 17.4 percent premium rate increase.
In June, the commissioners also approved a cost of living adjustment of 50 cents per hour across the board for hourly employees effective Jan. 1, 2023..
Complete story in the July 13 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.