Cass County officials receive pay raise

Published 6:29 pm Monday, January 20, 2014

County officials will soon see a slight raise on their regular paychecks, as the Cass County Board of Commissioners voted to increase employee salaries during their regular meeting Thursday.

The board voted unanimously to the wage hike, giving a 2.5 percent increase to salaries of elected officials and a .25 percent increase to non-union employees at the top of the scale. The pay increase for the latter will be in addition to a previously approved 1.5 percent raise.

The motion for the pay increases was developed before hiring both the county’s administrator, Roger Fraser, and finance director, Angie Steinman. However, they gave their consent to the hikes, saying they would cause no severe effects on this year’s budget.

“Given the number of people who are covered by this who are not already covered by collective bargaining, we believe these numbers are fairly small,” Fraser said. “My take is that insignificant in the large scheme of things, but it’s fairly important to the people involved.”

According to Commissioner Robert Ziliak, the collective wage increase will cost the county a little more than $11,000 in additional spending, with around $9,600 for the elected official increase. The raises for the seven non-union employees will cost the county only $1,700 in extra wages, he added.