(Atlantic) The Cass County Board of Supervisors tabled action on the County Compensation Boards recommended compensation schedule at their meeting this morning.
The County Compensation Board voted unanimously for a 7 percent increase for the Attorney and the Sheriff and a 3.5 percent increase for the offices of the Recorder, Auditor, Treasurer, and Supervisors.
Supervisor Mark Wedemeyer made a motion to reduce it to zero percent and then come back with a recommendation to do a straight three percent increase for everyone.
“We’ve got two sides to take care of; we’ve got to take care of the employees and we’ve got to take care of the tax payers,” said Wedemeyer. “So we’re right in the middle and we’ve got to do what’s right for both.”
Wedemeyer’s motion failed by a 3 to 2 vote with Wedemeyer and Frank Waters voting yes; Chuck Rieken, Duane McFadden and Gaylord Schelling voted no.
Supervisor Chuck Rieken told Wedemeyer that he did not believe they could take that kind of action and suggested they seek an opinion from the Attorney General first. The Supervisors do have the authority to recommend reducing the percentages by equal amounts. So, if the 7 percent increase was reduced to 3 percent, that would put those that were originally in line for a 3 percent increase only getting a 1.75 percent increase.
“If we do that kind of percentage reduction then we’re going to get everything out of whack again and that’s what we’ve been trying to get straightened out for years,” stated Wedemeyer.
The Supervisors tabled any decisions until the can seek further legal counsel. County Auditor Dale Sunderman said in the end nothing will become official until it is certified as part of the budget.