“This budget raises taxes on the hardworking people of Dane County,” Rockwell said.
Personnel and Finance Committee Chairman Patrick Miles said this year’s county budget process was “one of the easiest” with budget approval in less than two hours. It is unusual for a budget to be approved in just one night, let alone a few hours.
During the budget process, controversy erupted over a nearly 6% increase to “more equitable” for county workers by promoting the lowest-wage earners.
Paris proposed an increase of 3% for non-federal employees in early 2022 and 3% in July 2022. County workers did not receive a pay increase last year.
Some county board members wanted a flat dollar increase at the beginning of the year with a $1-per-hour increase and a $1.03 share to benefit the lowest earners. Others wanted to maintain the percentage increase but promote the lowest-paid county workers.
On Friday, Parisi and Eicher proposed a $550,000 settlement, in which those making $33.34 an hour or less would get a $1 increase, while everyone else would get a 3% increase.
“The amendment is simple. If it’s more beneficial for an employee to get a flat pay increase, that’s what they’ll get — a couple of flat rate increases in 2022,” Paris told board members Friday, encouraging their support. Wrote done. “Those above the median income threshold will continue to receive a 6% increase.”