Auditor questions raises negotiated for Woodbury County deputies in 2015 FY budget
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -Woodbury County spent many hours trying to balance its $51-million budget for fiscal year 2015.
County supervisors passed the budget two months ago, but are taking another look at the one part of the budget following concerns brought forth by County Auditor Pat Gill during Tuesday's meeting.
Gill pointed to the actual raises approved by the board for the Deputy Sheriff's Association. "The budgeted amount was for 2%, somewhere around $40,000, but the agreement was around 4.2%, over $82,000, which was twice the budgeted amount," GIll said.
Supervisors were surprised. "It was a complete surprise for the auditor to present information to us that should have been presented to us prior to the board meeting," said George Boykin, Woodbury County Board Chairman said. "We should probably see it on paper before we approve, so we know exactly how much it's going to cost and how much it's going affect the budget," said David Tripp, Woodbury County supervisor.
Gill says his office provides the numbers every year during the budget process, and he doesn't know why they weren't consulted before the board approved this new agreement. "We should be going through the auditor's office anytime a budget amendment is going top happen," Tripp said.
Boykin says they've had the same attorney negotiating with Communication Workers of America, which has represented the Deputy Sheriff's Association for two decades. "We have to support what is negotiated at the table," Boykin said. But, Boykin says he does think there can be more discussion between the board and auditor's office. "There always could be additional communication. There always could be that," Boykin said. "We should be hand in hand when it comes to dealing with the money and the budgets," Tripp said.
Since salaries are already approved, and double the budgeted amount, Gill says they will have to amend the budget and put contribute additional funds to the sheriff's department budget.
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