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Kane board may boost pay for non-union workers

Updated: October 24, 2012 6:25AM

GENEVA — Kane County board members are considering giving across-the-board pay raises to non-union county employees.

The Finance Committee discussed possible raises this week, and may approve them at a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, as it moves closer to shaping the new county budget.

Several departments have approached the board asking for the raises. Finance Committee Chairman Jim Mitchell, R-North Aurora, has said in the past that he wanted to look at the issue as a whole, rather than on individual department budgets. While union employees receive frequent raises, it has been at least five years since some non-union employees have seen raises.

The Finance Committee also looked at how to handle supplemental budget requests from departments. They have denied most of them, because many of the requests, such as insurance, are difficult to accurately budget for, Mitchell said.

“As they need the money, they can still petition the board,” he said.

The county is in the midst of drafting its 2013 budget with the help of accountants in the finance department and an outside firm. Former Finance Department Director Cheryl Patelli recently resigned to take a position in Colorado.

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