The County Board will vote upon paying union negotiation fees that went way over budget at Tuesday’s meeting.
Here’s the explanation:
The fiscal year 2015 Human Resources Departmental Budget contained $109,000 for Legal Services to be incurred with labor negotiations.
This year the County has been in negotiations with
- Local 150 – Highway Maintenance
- SEIU – Coroner
- SEIU – Animal Control
- FOP 1 – Sheriff Patrol
- FOP II – Corrections
- FOP III – Civilians
- MAP – Circuit Clerk
- SEIU – Valley Hi
causing a huge drain on the legal services budget.
Negotiations with SEIU Coroner and Animal Control have not gone well, placing more strain on the budget.
The Legal Service budget line item in the Human Resources FY2015 budget has now been depleted and is in a deficit of $73,350.73, which is eating into other budget line items within the department.
The Finance and Audit Committee can authorize up to $20,000 of expense in contingency prior to requiring Board approval, and gave permission to utilize $18,440.50 of the contingency budget to cover the September Invoices.
The October invoices total $28,099.75 with November invoices estimated at $21,329.00.
County Administration and the Human Resources Director are now seeking approval to expend an additional $49,428.75 from the FY2015 General Fund Contingency budget to allow for payment on these outstanding invoices.