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Eagle County workers may get wage bump

Chris Outcalt
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” As the deadline to finalize the 2009 budget nears, the commissioners are considering whether to give Eagle County, Colorado employees a cost-of-living salary increase next year.

The board discussed Tuesday at a budget workshop whether to spend $1 million for a 4 percent increase to county salaries.

“If you don’t keep up with the cost-of-living adjustments in a timely manner, it just compounds,” Commissioner Arn Menconi said.

Commissioner Peter Runyon suggested waiting until the first quarter of the year is over before considering any wage increases.

“A lot of our peers are freezing wages,” Runyon said.

If the salary increase is approved, it would likely be accompanied by increased health care costs, the commissioners said. The county pays 95 percent of employee health care costs. The commissioners discussed Tuesday decreasing that to 90 percent.

“In some cases, this is almost a break even,” Commissioners Sara Fisher said.

The board also considered whether to spend $300,000 on increasing the salaries of some longtime employees that are making less then recently hired staff.

The board will hold a public hearing on the budget at 5 p.m. today at the county building. The 2009 budget has to be finalized by Monday.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.

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