After receiving previous calls from around the county, Tuesday morning January 25, 2011, the Osceola County Board of Supervisors snubbed the people of the county and effectively voted to increase the salaries of elected officials by 60% of the amount the discredited Comp Board had previously recommended they should be increased. There was one noted exception. Freshman Supervisor Roger Sixta made the first motion to effectively freeze all salaries of the elected officials for the coming year. Sixta's motion died for lack of a second.
You need to Act to Stop Them!
At the June 10, 2008 board meeting, Larry Jeddeloh speaking on behalf of his own business and thirteen business on old Hwy 60 (2nd Ave.) requested the supervisors put lighting along the Highway 60 Expressway, south interchange into Sibley. It was stressed that the city and county need to work together on this issue. Better signage was also suggested. The supervisors were all in agreement that lighting is important and asked that an estimate of the cost be presented at a future meeting.
Osceola County County Compensation Board members received a letter from County Auditor Barb Echter calling for the County Compensation Board meeting on Monday evening, November 23, 2009. In the letter Echter noted that most elected officials were calling for a 0% pay raise but that "the Sheriff will need an increase due to the union contract." This is referring to the union contract between the Sheriff's deputies and dispatchers and the Osceola County Board of Supervisors.
State IFSCME Union Accepts Effective 2% Pay Cut, While Osceola County IFSCME Union Demands 3.25% Pay Raise!
The Iowa affiliate of the AFSCME union representing state employees, voted the end of November 2009, to accept 5 days of unpaid work for the current fiscal year, in their effort to assist with the state's budget crisis. This, in one sense, would be the equivalent of a 1.9% pay cut. (5 days / 260 annual days) See the story in the Des Moines Register.
Osceola County Supervisors Total Compensation Remains 26% Higher Than Peers...While Layoffs Grow Around The County!
Recent surveys of the total salaries paid to the Osceola County Board of Supervisors find they remain 26% above their peers. How will the county budget ever get corrected when the most excessive spenders are our elected Supervisors themselves? And the layoff announcements just keep coming in.
See the OCTA's current survey here.
This statement below was read to the Osceola County Compensation Board meeting held Monday evening, Nov. 23, 2009. The board proceeded ahead and voted to recommend a 3.25% pay raise for the County Sheriff and while the recommending a 0% pay raise for the other elected officials. Those voting yes were Greg Kosters, Pam Vande Hoef, Richard Bremer, and Harold Dawson. Those voting no were George Braaksma and Barb Berkenpas. Abstaining was Ken Harthoorn.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The OCTA decided to make a balanced comparison of our supervisor's salaries compared to eight other counties. This time we compared to four counties with the taxable valuation closest in size to us on either side....the next four smaller and the next four larger in size. We then averaged the total salaries of the nine counties and found we are spending 36% more for supervisor's total salaries then the average total salaries of the nine counties. See our chart here.
OCTA friends and supporters - Great Job! Your phone calls and personal visits with the county supervisors gave a big boost of support to local taxpayers. Thank you!
Comp Board - With Greg Kosters Leading The Way - Approves Irresponsible Salary Increase Recommendations
In a 5-2 vote the Osceola County Compensation Board approved a 5.3% increase in annual salary for county elected officials. There was one exception. The Sheriff received a 7.5% increase. The two dissenting board members were the two representing the Supervisors - George Braaksma of Sibley and Barb Berkenpas of Ashton.
Dear Osceola County Taxpayers,
The Osceola County Taxpayers Association (OCTA) appreciates the services our county government provides. We also continue our educational mission to insure our small county never loses its county government. There is currently a serious financial risk though. For too long, the Osceola County Supervisors have been justifying their high wages by comparing our county salaries to those salaries in counties right around us.