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Johnsburg Village Board approves salary increases

Published: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 12:13 a.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – The Johnsburg Village Board approved a series of salary increases for its nonunionized employees.

While most of the raises hovered around 7 percent, they ranged from 4.75 percent for the facility cleaning position and deputy clerk to 15.38 percent for the administrative assistant that also serves as the village’s comptroller, according to village documents.

“Our goal is to establish a competitive wage to attract and keep quality employees,” Village President Ed Hettermann said. “We understand the value of having the best possible person for a position, and we work hard to retain our employees while remaining fiscally responsible to our residents.”

Due to the economy, the village’s nonunionized employees went four years without an increase in pay, he said. The Village Board then approved a wage increase in 2011 to bring salaries back in line with other area communities, but it has not increased nonunionized salaries since then.

Union employees had their wages frozen for two years.

The increases still do not get the board to its goal of having salaries fall within 5 percent of similarly sized communities with similar revenue streams, Hettermann said.

The Village Board also approved the impact fees agreed upon in the annexation agreement for the townhomes in the Running Brook Farms subdivision.

The impact fees raise funds for the school district, library district, fire protection district, Village Hall and park improvements, Village Administrator Claudett Peters said.

They increase each year with the rate of inflation.

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