Village worker compensation study explained

RANTOUL — The village board heard a presentation on an employee classification and compensation study and passed a new budget at a special meeting last week.

Joellen Earl, with GovHR USA, said she and two consultants looked at all village employee positions “and where they relate to each other.”

“We did a compensation survey that took in many counties in this part of the state and a little beyond,” Earl said.

The goal was to come up with a new compensation and classification plan for the village after comparing them with several other communities of like size.

“I came on site and had meetings with employees to describe the study and hand out questionnaires they had to complete,” Earl told the board.

The job evaluation includes nine factors, ranging from education and work experience to working conditions.

“Some jobs might need a higher level of education; some might have more intense working conditions than others,” Earl said.

The classification plan includes 10 grades ranging from entry level to supervisory.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh said the goal “is to get everyone within 3 percent of the new rate range.”

He said a majority of the employees are below the 50th percentage rate range. No one was above. Fiegenschuh said the village has had employees leave due to pay level.

Budget approved
The board approved the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, which is balanced.

Fiegenschuh said the village was able to absorb increased costs from the corporate (general fund) side.

Village trustee Gary Wilson said he received 24 calls from people asking why the village had called a special meeting to approve the budget “instead of next month.”

Fiegenschuh said he asked that the special meeting be held.

“I wanted to take the politics out of this,” he said.

“The budget can’t wait until the next board is sworn in. The new board (with a majority) could amend the budget.”

Fiegenschuh said “there is nothing sneaky going on here. I am trying to keep this out of the political (arena).”

The administrator said the village held a public hearing on the budget, and no one besides two village board candidates attended.

Fiegenschuh said every major fund is lower than it was last year, and he is not recommending any additional fee increases.

Three staff positions are open, and those duties will be taken care of internally.

The budget expenditures total about $41.5 million, with about $600,000 of that amount going to current capital improvement projects.

Anticipated revenue was placed at $42.238 million.

The corporate (general) fund totaled a little more than $9.05 million. The fund supports many of the village’s day-to-day operations.

In looking ahead, Fiegenschuh said the village will need to address several fiscal matters in the future, including a flat equalized assessed valuation, higher police pension costs, flat sales tax revenues, the village’s higher consolidated property tax rate, which at $11.87 per $100 EAV is the highest in the county, continued state of Illinois budget issues and possible funding cuts to local government distributive fund reimbursements from the state.  

dhinton@rantoulpress.com

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