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Wayne County considers stipend for employees to combat rising prices, inflation

Wayne County is considering a stipend for all non-elected county employees in an effort to retain county workers as the price of goods rise.

Recently, wages have generally increased across the U.S., but not enough to keep up with inflation. County-set salaries are among the hardest hit, which is why Wayne County is considering a roughly $1800 stipend for all non-elected county employees for the rest of 2022, according to Wayne Times.


County Administrator Rick House said the stipend targets lower-paid county employees, like those that earn about $16/hour, but current contracts require the county enact policies across all employees.

The stipend is estimated to cost the county $1.9 million for the year, which will be covered by county surplus and sales tax revenues. The stipend will not affect 2022 tax rates.



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