Johnson County will give all employees raises and plans to spend more for health insurance costs next year.
The county plans to spend about $19 million in 2014, about $2 million more than in 2013, on services, including sheriff’s deputies patrolling streets, workers calculating tax bills and keeping the lights on at the courthouse.
County workers will receive 2 percent raises. The county wanted to increase salaries because an analysis of similar jobs in the area showed that employees should be paid more, county council member Brian Walker said. By raising salaries, employees will be more likely to stay in their positions longer, he said. When people leave their jobs, the county loses out on the training employees have received, he said.
“The raises were warranted,” he said. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do to keep trained employees here.”
The county also plans to spend more on health insurance costs. The new budget reflects the actual costs of insurance, Walker said. In previous years, the county had to get additional funds when the budgeted amount was not enough.