Wages & Benefits
Curry County taxpayers are "required" to provide the following benefits to county employees which includes two retirement plans. Percent's (%) are approximate and rounded. The lower an individuals gross wage, the higher the percent (%) for health/dental/optical insurance will be when compared to the gross wage. The percent figures below are based on the actual July 1, 2011 Curry County Master Payroll totals. Percents for the latest Master Payroll effective July 1, 2014 are nearly identical to the 2011 figures.

Vacation, holiday and sick leave benefits are taken from the Curry County Employee Personnel Manual and/or the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Various county documents including Master Payrolls and collective bargaining agreements are identified to the right on this page for download.

All calculations were determined by dividing the specific line item by the gross wage. Exceptions would apply to elected officials for example who are paid the same monthly amount regardless of the number of vacation days, sick days or holidays taken during the year.

The subject of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) investment losses guaranteed by taxpayers is not addressed here nor is the guarantee by taxpayers of a minimum 8 percent return on approximately 70 percent of all current PERS investments which statewide total some $60 billion dollars. More information on the PERS subject may be found on the "Did You Know?" page.
   Health/dental/optical Insurance - $1,000 plus per month/employee
   Social Security (FICA) - employer portion
   Employer Portion - Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
   Employer Portion - PERS increase effective July 1, 2013
   Employee Portion - Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
   Holidays - 12 days paid per year
   Vacation - 12 days paid per year - First year employed
   Sick leave - 12 days paid per year (180 days may be accrued)
Total paid benefits as a percent (%) of gross wage
Staff from the Curry Coastal Pilot and the managing Editor were kind enough to provide a list of benefits provided to Pilot employees for a public vs. the private sector comparison. The Pilot along with several other news publications including The Triplicate (Crescent City, CA) and The Bulletin (Bend, OR) are owned by Western Communications in Bend, Oregon.

Their retirement system provided is similar to that of a 401K. At one time the company did contribute but has not done so in many years due to the business climate. Employees may contribute to this program.

Paid sick leave is provided to employees but may not be accrued. The (5) percent figure shown below is based on the maximum number of days allowed being used each year.
Curry County Benefits
   Health/optical Insurance
   Social Security (FICA) - employer portion
   Retirement system similar to a 401K - No employer contribution
   Holidays - 6 days paid per year
   Vacation - 10 days paid per year - First year employed
   Sick leave - 12 days paid per year (may not be accrued if not used)
Total paid benefits as a percent (%) of gross wage
Curry Coastal Pilot Benefits
2012/2013 Master Payroll (pdf)
2011/2012 Master Payroll (pdf)
2011/2012 Curry County Budget
2012/2013 Curry County Budget
DOWNLOADS
2012/2013 Master Payroll (xls)
2011/2012 Master Payroll (xls)
Union Agreement
SEIU - 2008 to 2011
Union Agreement Teamsters - 2010 to 2013
Union Agreement SEIU - 2011 to 2012
Salaries & Classifications 2012/2013 Order No. 13703
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(14%)
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(63%)
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  (4%)
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(20%)
2013/2014 Curry County Budget
Union Agreement
SEIU - 2013 to 2015
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Salaries & Classifications 2013/2014 Order No. 13888
Union Agreement Teamsters - 2013 to 2014
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During the 2013 legislative session SB 822 was passed and "deferred" payments of approximately
$350 million statewide during the 2013/14 biennial budget. The PERS increase was reduced from 4 to 1%.
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Effective January 1, 2014 Western Communication (WesCom) owner of the Curry Coastal Pilot and six other news publications in Oregon and California discontinued providing health insurance coverage for nearly 300 employees. The change (12% to 0%) is reflected in the Health/optical Insurance figures below.
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To download the news article by Jim Romenesko including the WesCom memo to employees click here.
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Explanation (Read First)
2013/2014 Master Payroll
Explanation (Read First)
2014/2015 Master Payroll
2013/2014 Master Payroll
2014/2015 Master Payroll
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2014/2015 Curry County Budget
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2013/2014 Reallocation of Budget Appropriations - Resolution 20027
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Salaries & Classifications 2014/2015 Order No. 20046
Salaries (Only)
2014/2015 Order No. 20046
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Amendment 6-30-14
SEIU - 2013 to 2015
Union Agreement Teamsters - 2014 to 2017
Payroll
Budgets
Union Agreements
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Effective July 1, 2014 all county employees including elected officials will now pay the employee portion of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) contribution which is 6 percent of gross payroll. Of course, all employees including elected officials received a 6.4 percent pay increase in exchange. With the 2.8 percent COLA (Cost of living allowance), this brought the total pay increase to almost 10 percent.
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PERS Employee Contribution Change - Order No. 4824 6-30-14
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