Finance committee approves wage compensation study, additional IT upgrades

A wage compensation study was approved at Wednesday night’s Knox County Finance Committee meeting.

This was an issue brought to the board several months ago when non-union members shared their concerns that union employees in subordinate roles were making more than them.

The county initially attempted to create their own pay-scale to determine appropriate wages for each county job – but found the task too daunting.

County Clerk Scott Erickson brought three bids from different firms that could provide a study to the finance committee, recommending Paypoint HR out of Maryland.

Paypoint HR presented their bid at an hourly rate of $125 an hour, with an estimated projected time of 16 weeks. The rough estimate was it would cost upwards of $32,000 for the full study. The bid also included three site visits.

Board member David Erickson indicated he would like to see the bid be accepted with a not to exceed of $32,000 .

Scott Erickson also brought two items pertaining to the IT Department to the board, both were discussed and approved.

The first item was for a countywide update to Windows 10, something that Andrew Rowe with the IT Department said needed done, or the county would be at risk for security breaches.

The second item was for desktop computer upgrades to coincide with the Microsoft upgrades.

Erickson also said that the purchasing of the new computers would be stretched out during the period of time it takes to upgrade to Windows 10, so the county didn’t burn through warranties while computers sat around waiting to be updated.

The committee approved both items – pending an exact total cost and plan for upgrade.

All items now go before the full board.