Ventura County Supervisors have voted to increase the minimum hourly salary rate for staff members, and contract workers as a part of its “living wage” policy.
Starting in July, the minimum rate will go from $9.50 to $10.00 per hour for those getting benefits, and from $11.50 to $12.00 an hour for those without benefits.
The “living wage” ordinance was originally passed in 2001, starting at $8.00 an hour.
Supervisors voted 3-to-1 for the increase, with Peter Foy voting no. He was concerned about the cost to the county, which is estimtaed to be around $145,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.