Buchanan County Commissioners Officially Change Paid Time Off

By Jonathan Cooper | jcooper@kq2.com

Published 05/05 2014 05:18PM

Updated 05/06 2014 07:21AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Buchanan County Commissioners made new paid time off guidelines official Monday morning.

Commissioners signed an ordinance that would make new employees, PTO employees.

This is a change they say will decrease liability for the county.

Benefits will stay the same for existing employees with a few minor adjustments.

Western District Commissioner Ron Hook said the change has been years in the making.

"The caps needed to be lowered to lower that liability for us because each office wasn't able to make those payments without losing an employee for the year until the next budget time comes around so this is going to alleviate a lot of that," he said.

Hook said it was not uncommon to have a $15,000 to $20,000 dollar payout on an employee when they retire.

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