County supervisors approve first reading of wage increase

minimum wage poverty2In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved the first consideration of an ordinance that would raise the county’s minimum wage.

Three votes are required for final passage of the ordinance, which would increase the county’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017 in three 95-cent increments and tie future raises to annual increases in the Consumer Price Index.

“This is another historic day in Johnson County and certainly for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors,” Supervisor Terrence Neuzil said.

Supervisors have been debating a wage raise since July, citing Johnson County’s 18 percent poverty rate and high cost of living compared to the rest of the state.

“We have more people than anywhere else in the state that pay more than 30 percent of their take-home pay in rent,” said Supervisor Mike Carberry.


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