By Vicki Von Haden
As a taxpaying business owner who has two properties in the Village of Wilton (I do not live in the village so I am unable to vote), I urge all village taxpayers to attend the regular board meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, to let your board members know your feelings on the proposed $5/hour wage increase for the full-time village employees.
This raise was voted on by the Employee Committee during closed session on Monday, Aug. 29. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact your board members.
If the board agrees to these wage increases, that would amount to an additional $31,200 per year for salaries, and this does not include overtime — the annual salary would amount to $64,480 per employee for two of the full-time employees and $58,240 for the other full-time employee, compare this with the Monroe County government employees median wage of $30,506 (this can be found at https://govsalaries.com/salaries/WI).
Also, if the raises are approved for 2022, it will be the second raise employees have received in one year.
With the recent 162% increase on the water portion of our utility bill and the upcoming sewer updates, which is estimated to triple the sewer portion of the utility bill — enough is enough! Where is this money coming from? It is coming from all of us, the Wilton taxpayers!