Watch the County Supervisors Snub the Taxpayers. See the OCTA's newest video Here. See the OCTA's Comp Board video Here.

Who Does Osceola County Attorney Bob Hansen Really Work For?

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.

President Kevin Wolfswinkel's Statement to the Osceola County Compensation Board

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.

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11-23-2009
Ladies and gentlemen,

Do the Supervisor's Premium Salaries Make Them Poor Union Negotiators?

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.

Chairman Beltman Casts Tie-Breaking Vote to Raise Salaries - OCTA Scores Victory!

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.

County Salaries 10% to 70% Higher and 19% More Employees Than Peers

January 2009

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.

O'Brien County Attorney Bruce Green Confirms OCTA's Charge Against County Attorney Hansen

News Release – Osceola County Taxpayers Association
June 10, 2008

O’Brien County Attorney Bruce Green met with the Osceola County Board of Supervisors today, in an effort to negotiate a costly new 28E Agreement for services provided to O’Brien County by the Osceola County Attorney Robert Hansen. During the course of the discussions in Sibley this morning, Green made this admission –

Sales Taxes Fell in 21 of The 36 States Reported 1st Quarter 2008

May 1 – Bloomberg (William Selway): “U.S. state sales-tax collections fell in the first quarter for the first time in six years as consumers curbed spending, dealing a blow to state finances from Rhode Island to California, a study found. Sales taxes fell in 21 of the 36 states that have reported collections for the first three months of 2008, according to the study by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York. Southeastern states were the hardest hit, the study found, because of the subprime mortgage market collapse.

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