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Weekly pay plan stays put

March 20, 1999

Washington County full- and part-time employees will continue to be paid with weekly checks rather than switching to biweekly payments, the County Commissioners decided on Thursday night.

Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis told the commissioners the county could save at least $3,499 by switching to biweekly payments.

Commissioner John L. Schnebly asked some department heads what they thought the impact would be on their employees.

Ted Wolford, director of the county Roads Department, said he has some employees who don't have checking accounts or who live week to week on their paychecks.

Commissioner Paul L. Swartz said he thought the savings would be much higher. Saving $3,499 isn't worth the morale problems that could be caused by employees being paid less frequently, he said.

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The savings would have resulted from using fewer supplies and payroll employees producing the paychecks once every two weeks instead of every week, Davis said.

Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger said he preferred switching to biweekly paychecks, saying county employees would have had a year to get used to the schedule.

- Julie E. Greene

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