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Category: Operations and Budget

Administration Alerts Board to Looming $1.5 Million Annual Operating Deficit

County Administrator Patrick Thompson, and Operations Manager Ken Witt presented their strategy for developing St. Croix County’s 2018 operating budget at the Administration Committee meeting on May 17.  The final budget will be prepared by the Administration, and presented to the Board for approval later this year.  For Fiscal Year 2017, the current budget is fairly well balanced, with projected revenues equalling projected expenses, both totaling about $85 Million. According to Witt, the currently established automatic annual wage increase for County employees, combined with the projected increase in health care costs will create an approximately $500,000.00 deficit in the 2018 budget....

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Living Wage Ordinance Discussion on Committee Agenda for May 17

One of the agenda items for this week’s regular monthly meeting of the County Administration Committee is a discussion of the creation of a “Living Wage” ordinance that would affect any company that does business under contract with St. Croix County.  The proposal to begin discussions on a Living Wage ordinance was originally made by Supervisor Roy Sjoberg (District 5 – City of Hudson Wards 1, 6, 9, 10) at the January regular meeting of the County Board. This proposal was made at the same time as he proposed beginning discussions of the County adopting “sanctuary” status to protect illegal immigrants...

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“Living Wage” Ordinance Proposed for County Contracts. What does that Mean?

At the January, 2017 Regular meeting of the St. Croix County Board, Supervisor Roy Sjoberg proposed that discussions should begin on implementing a “Living Wage” ordinance for any companies who do business under contract with the County. During the  Request for Future Agenda Items portion of the meeting,  he said: “We can’t regulate how private employers pay their people, but we can have some say on businesses that to business with the County… I think it’s time for us to begin a study on this too… I’d like to have discussions start on the possibility of a Living Wage...

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