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Supervisors to consider study for county design, classification, pay

June 11, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will consider authorizing a $130,000 study to look at county government's design, classification and salaries.

The board considered the study previously but directed staff to look at alternatives to reduce the price from an estimated $150,000.

The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro.

A staff report states one alternative would be to hire a limited-term employee to perform the study at a cost of $211,000 over 24 months. A third alternative would be to use current personnel department staff at a cost of $206,000 over 18 months.

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The proposed $130,000 study would be performed by Orange-based Ewing & Co. Management Consultants, which performed a previous salary study for the county.

The cost of the proposed study would be paid for by various county departments and the general fund. Behavioral Health would pay $22,344, the Office of Employment Training, $7,638, Public Health, $12,188, Social Services, $24,375 and the county's general fund, $63,455.

At a previous board meeting, the supervisors were told county government has a problem attracting sufficient employees and keeping them because of low pay levels.

In other business, the board:

· will consider approval of an 88.62-acre annexation request by the city of Imperial for the so-called South Colonia.

· will discuss redistricting.

· will consider a request by Safety-Kleen Corp. to have its stipulated property tax assessment reduced from $11.8 million to $7.6 million.

"This stipulated … reduction is due to our economic projections … of the facility," says a May 31 letter from the County Assessor's Office. "For the past several years the hazardous waste materials received at this facility has been on a decline and their economic forecast justifies this reduction in assessment."

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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