The McPherson County Commission authorized a 3 percent salary increase for non-elected county personnel at its meeting Tuesday.
The McPherson County Commission authorized a 3 percent salary increase for non-elected county personnel at its meeting Tuesday. However, during the discussion, the commissioners each expressed concerns regarding the increase in salary that some officials already receive on the step plan. The step plan the county currently has allows some employees to receive raises every two-and-a-half-years. Typically, step members get about a 4 percent increase per step. For other counties, the step process goes to seven and a half years or 14 and a half years. Rick Witte, county administrator, suggested the board review and amend the step plan in the future. Tom Kramer, public works director, said the county may be increasing salaries, but it has cut staff. He expressed concern over the staffing cuts made to different departments due to budget cuts. He said his department is short five employees. Harris Terry, commission chairman, said his desire is to “maintain the quality of the workers” that the county already has, and he emphasized the importance of keeping salaries competitive with other nearby counties. The other board members said they agreed with Terry and approved the measure unanimously. The board also expressed concerns about the Affordable Care Act. They said they were afraid the act could increase health-care costs as much as 15 percent to some employees.