The upcoming levy lid lift ballot measure will have a
Pro and Con statement for voters to consider. If you would be interested in joining one of the committees for writing those statements, please send an email to all three of us commissioners letting us know. (district1, district2, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please include which committee you would be interested in serving on and the part of the county where you live. We’ll be choosing those groups real soon.
Recently, I heard someone say on the record, “as we begin to re-grow this government.” That’s some group think I will not engage in.
Oh, don’t get me wrong… I have said all along “Public Safety First!” and I mean it. That’s why I opposed creating a new number two position in Human Services. If the levy lid lift fails, we will need that revenue to fund a deputy. The new position was created by a majority vote (2-1).
I did go along with a 2% general wage increase for our non-represented staff. It seemed like a fair amount to the arbitrator who recently settled our nearly 8 year long issue with the corrections guild. So I think it will go over as fair for our non-reps.
As I said during our discussions on this topic, I remain concerned about the disconnect with the private sector. Unemployment remains high, many have exhausted their unemployment benefits and lost their medical coverage.
Almost all Island County employees are now paying a portion of their medical insurance. With the “Affordable Care Act” coming on board, we expect to see large increases and eliminations of options, such as health savings accounts.
We will soon be discussing possibly restructuring the way leave benefits are handled and hopefully considering a way to start working towards aligning with the private sector.