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County Board finalizes 2018 levy; sets salaries for elected officials

analysis of the levy and budget.
According to the 2018 budget hearing summary, the county is anticipating many increased expenses in 2018.
Increased expenses include spending approximately $1.2 million in new personnel costs resulting from a 2016 market study to attract and retain qualified and competent employees and $455,000 in Social Services costs due to lack of funding for state and federal mandates.
Other factors include rising health-care costs, current use of McLeod County reserves, including $1.9 million to update facility security at the courthouse and rising utility and building maintenance of approximately $630,000 to maintain four McLeod County facilities located in Glencoe.
The County Board unanimously approved the proposed tax levy and budget.
In other business, the County Board:
• Raised the salaries of four elected officials which include McLeod County Attorney Michael Junge, McLeod County Auditor and Treasurer Cindy Schultz, Mcleod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann and County Recorder Lynn Ette Schrupp. Junge, Schultz and Rehmann received roughly 6 percent increases to their 2018 salaries while Schrupp received a 3 percent increase. Each salary increase was passed separately. When it came to Schrupp's 2018 salary, Shimanski attempted to amend the salary percentage increase for Schrupp from 3 percent to 6 percent, in order to maintain equality in salary increases among the elected officials. Shimanski moved to amended the motion. It did not receive a second. The original motion for a 3 percent increased passed 4-1 with Shimanski voting no.
For more from the Dec. 26 County Board meeting, see the Jan. 3 print edition of The Chronicle.