County commissioners to address meals per diem rate

The current way that meal per diem rates for county employees who travel overnight on business is on the agenda when Kitsap County Commissioners meet Monday.

Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 24 in the commission chambers at the County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard.

Commissioners will review a number of resolutions including one that addresses the per diem rates for food when traveling.

According to Dave Schureman, financial services manager, the county's current reimbursement rate is beyond the suggested IRS reimbursement.

Schureman's summary of the measure reads that "the resolution improves the efficiency of the county's travel reimbursement process by removing the requirement for allocation of the per diem rate among breakfast, lunch and dinner, thereby limiting per diem testing to confirmation of the daily total only.

"The state auditor's office supports the change in policy.

Commissioners will also look at the collective bargaining agreement with the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Guild which calls for a 2 percent cost of living increase in both 2013 and 2014.

It also calls for health benefits in 2013 with reopening the discussion on that in 2014 and 2015, and a reopening the wages discussion in 2015.

The net impact to the county is $57,387 this year and for 2012, but was budgeted for in both years, according to Susan Smith, with the county's personnel and human services department.

The contract runs from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2015. Guild members have been working without a current contract since January of 2012.

The commission will also honor Bert Furuta, director of personnel and human services, who is retiring at the end of June. He has been with the county for more than 35 years.



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