The Idaho Transportation Board, acknowledging the value it
places on department employees throughout the state, last
week approved a plan to increase its investment in salaries
by more than $1.8 million in June.
Board members approved a change in employee compensation
(CEC) package of at least 2 percent for all employees who
meet performance standards identified in their annual review.
salary increases cannot adequately express our appreciation
to department employees for the services they render
and the value they add to Idaho.'
Transportation Board Chairman
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, with strong support from the Legislature,
recommended the compensation package as a way to maintain
the states high quality workforce. The last general
salary increase for state employees was on July 1, 2001.
"We really appreciate the commitment of our employees
who worked the past two years without a salary increase"
said Sue Simmons, administrator of ITD's Administrative Services."While
we are glad to provide this CEC package, effective June 6,
we really wish we could have done more."
Employees whose performance meets expectations
will receive a 2 percent permanent increase. Those who exceed
expectations will be awarded a 2.25 percent increase, while
employees who significantly exceed expectations will receive
According to the board resolution approved April 16 in Lewiston,
the change in compensation will be effective June 6, payable
on the first pay date in July (Friday, July 2). The resolution
indicates the FY05 performance-based CEC implementation
is consistent with the guidelines issued on March 31 by the
Division of Financial Management, Division of Human Resources
and the State Controllers Office.
In House Concurrent Resolution No. 47, the Legislature also
authorized an additional, temporary 1 percent salary increase
if the states general fund collections exceed 2004 Joint
Appropriations and Finance Committee revenue projections by
at least $5 million.
The salary increases cannot adequately express our
appreciation to department employees for the services they
render and the value they add to Idaho, said board chairman
Charles Winder. We hope these increases will be viewed
as the boards way of saying thank you for
your commitment to excellence.
Supervisors should have received a memo from ITD's Human
Resource Office explaining how to incorporate the salary increases
in their budgeting process. Here is a link to the HR