County gives raises, bonuses

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Marion County Commission approved bonuses and merit-based raises for full-time county employees on Friday.

Every full-time employee is to receive a $100 year-end bonus, and every full-time employee whose evaluation determined they met expectations will receive a 1 percent pay raise, effective Dec. 21. Marion County has 102 full-time employees, County Clerk Carol Maggard said.

With taxes and benefits figured in, the bonuses will cost the county a total of $11,693. Maggard said the exact financial cost of the raises was unclear. The commission planned to announce the bonuses at the county Christmas party on Saturday.

Road loan decreased

The county amended a loan agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for road construction on 330th between Tampa and K-15. A previous agreement allowed for a loan of up to $2 million. The actual amount borrowed was $1,684,650.

Sales tax receipts up

General sales tax received for September was $61,137, up 16.2 percent from the same time in 2011. Through 11 months, the county has received $606,860 in general sales tax, up 2.3 percent from 2011. The sales tax for the jail raised $54,219 in September, bringing the year-to-date amount to $538,230.

In other business:

  • Health Department employee Lori Bebermeyer will assume duties as a home childcare surveyor. With the extra responsibilities, she will receive a raise from $2,014 to $2,361 per month. The decision was announced after a five minute closed session to discuss personnel.
  • Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro will supply the county with 14,550 gallons of fuel for $48,940. Cardie Oil Company of Tampa bid $49,520.
  • Maggard met with the commission in closed session three times for 15 minutes each to discuss personnel matters.
  • The commission met Monday for performance reviews of appointed department heads.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for Monday.

 

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