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Supervisors to discuss employee compensation during session

The Board of Supervisors will review the county's employee compensation program for fiscal year 2006-07 during a study session Monday afternoon in Cottonwood.

County Administrator Jim Holst said the discussion would include job classifications, positions, any potential cost of living increase and contributions to the Arizona State Retirement System.

Holst said he included a 3-percent employee salary increase in the 2006-07 budget. He said the 3-percent increase was a "place holder."

The administrator said the supervisors would discuss an additional 1.7- percent salary increase to offset the employee contribution to the state retirement system. Holst said the additional increase would cost the county $624,000.

Without the additional increase, more than half of the 3-percent salary increase would go toward the retirement system.

"If the supervisors get to where they know how they are going to handle employee salaries, they can spend the next two weeks working on the rest of the budget," Holst said.

Holst said Human Resources Director Julie Ayres would be discussing proposed changes to the merit system. Ayers would also discuss the reclassification requests from county departments.

The supervisors are also due to discuss administrative amendments to the county's flood control district ordinance. The amendments are the result of changes to the state's Model Ordinance as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Arizona required.

The board's agenda includes an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Arizona for the Hassayampa Bridge Rehabilitation project.

The county received a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant to rehabilitate the existing historic bridge across the Hassayampa River on Wagoner Road. The construction of the bridge was complete in 1924 and it went on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as an outstanding early steel truss bridge.

The Board of Supervisors is due to meet at 9 a.m. on May 15 at the Administrative Services Verde Valley Complex, located at 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.

The meeting is open to the public.