The Board of County Commissioners on Monday discussed a pay raise proposal for county elected officials that could amount to 30 percent. But the board has not approved any increase.
The General Assembly has approved a 30 percent pay hike for county elected officials, and pay increases for state officials as well, but other options allow for a 10 percent or a 20 percent raise, county staff explained.
The commissioners want to get more information about the plans before making a final decision.
In other business at its Nov. 15 regular meeting:
• The board approved purchase of a Caterpillar four-yard loader for the District 1 Road and Bridge Department at a price of $230,469. The county had budgeted $242,000 for the purchase.
• At a budget meeting on Monday, commissioners heard a report from staff that 2017 revenues will be cut by $500,000 due to loss of personal property tax and production tax revenues from the Bowie layoff.
• Staff reported that the West Elk Mine operations will not be impacted by Arch Coal's rescheduling of its debt.
• Commissioners awarded a contract to Blair and Associates for an annual audit to cost $29,500.
• The county will cover increased health insurance premium costs for employees next year equivalent to a 3 percent pay increase, said Robbie LeValley, county administrator. County workers will also get a 1 percent cost of living increase across the board next year.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.