County raises wages by 6% for inflation

Commissioners took a week to consider how big of a raise to give this year, and came back in favor of a larger rate. They also heard good news about their health insurance costs for the coming year.

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January 19, 2022 - 9:20 AM

Phil Drescher with Bukaty, the county’s insurance representative, talks to county commissioners about a decrease in the county’s total liability for health insurance costs. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

After taking a week to consider whether to give county employees a 4% or 5% raise this year, Commissioner David Lee ended up proposing something different: 6%.

His fellow commissioners quickly agreed. 

Commissioners last week debated a cost-of-living adjustment, noting the national inflation rate was projected to be 5.9% this year. 

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