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Commissioners to decide on pay hikes for employees today

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Garfield County employees are still not sure whether a pay hike for the remainder of 2011 is coming their way.

The Board of County Commissioners, at a work session on March 22, discussed pay raises for the county’s 430 employees.

They are slated to make a decision in their meeting today, which is held at the county administration building, 108 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs.

“I’m a fiscal conservative,” declared Commissioner Tom Jankovsky at the work session. “I believe in a balanced budget.”

He noted that in his business, Sunlight Mountain Resort, employees did not receive raises in 2010.

Likewise, the county held off on pay raises in 2010, after contemplating and rejecting a 2 percent pay hike.

For 2011, county officials are considering a 1 percent across-the-board hike in base pay, according to a memo prepared for today’s meeting.

If adopted, about 20 employees who are making the minimum level in their pay grade would see a small raise in their first paychecks in May, said Garfield County human resources director Katherine Ross.

That 1 percent boost in base pay would cost the county approximately $17,000 over the next 12 months, Ross said.

The commissioners also are considering a proposal for merit raises of 2.5 percent, based on employee annual performance reviews. The merit raise would cost the county around $490,000 if carried through the coming 12 months, into the middle of 2012, Ross said.

All calculations concerning compensation, Ross said, are based on “market projections” for salaries in the private sector.

Ross noted that some of the estimates submitted to the commissioners at the March 22 work session may change by the time she makes her presentation today.

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