Brown County Exec vetoes pay raise for county workers

Troy Streckenbach

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach has vetoed a pay raise for county employees.

The County Board called for spending $1 million in wage and salary increases, which is above the 1 percent pay raise already in the 2017 budget, Streckenbach said in a statement.

“The fact of the matter is that Social Security recipients are receiving a “wage increase” of $5.00 per month and paying 22% more for their health insurance premiums,” said Streckenbach. “United Way of Wisconsin released a report showing that many working families throughout our community are struggling to make ends meet, and now is not the time to have taxpayers fund a 2% increase for employees.”

Streckenbach says the Wisconsin Department of Employment Relations Commission set the union cost of living adjustment to a maximum of .67 percent for Jan. 1, 2017.

The Brown County Board will meet Nov. 14 to take up Streckenbach’s vetoes. It takes two-thirds of the County Board to override them.