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Madison County to freeze cost-of-living adjustment for upcoming fiscal year

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County board members on Monday voted to freeze pay increases
for all non-bargaining unit employees.
The Personnel Committee unanimously voted to rescind the 2.25 percent cost-of-living
adjustment (COLA) increase that was set on Dec. 1, 2019. The County Board will vote on the
wage freeze Wednesday.
Chairman Kurt Prenzler said that as the administration begins working on the FY 2021 budget, it
is looking for cost saving measures that would have the least impact on county services.
“Since the start of the COVID crisis, the county has experienced a revenue shortfall,” Prenzler
said. “Our sales tax revenues and fees are down.”
As the county enters into negotiations with its nine bargaining units (unions) this year, it will also
be making the same COLA freeze request.
The total savings will account for around $1 million of the county’s spending plan. The freeze
will be for both full- and part-time positions, which includes 362 non-union employees and 579
union employees.
County Board member and Personnel Committee Chair Erica Harriss said the decision for the
freeze was not easy, but it is better than the alternative.
“Despite an unprecedented revenue shortfall during this time, responsible fiscal management
has afforded the county the ability to avoid employee layoffs,” Harriss said.
To view the current collective bargaining agreements or a list of employees/salaries, visit the
county’s website at and go to the tab, Government > Government
Transparency > Collective Bargaining Agreements or > Human Resources.

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