The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed its first reading of the minimum wage ordinance that would be the first of its kind in Iowa. The countywide wage hike would gradually raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 per hour by January 1, 2017.
After two more votes scheduled for Sept. 3 and 10, and barring any change of heart on the board, the first pay raise would occur this November, bumping the minimum pay level up to $8.20 ($.95 above the federal pay floor). Another $.95 raise would take place on May 1, 2016, and the final pay increase would come on New Year’s Day in 2017. Every January 1 afterwards, the minimum wage would increase based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The second vote on the wage boost will take place tomorrow in the Johnson County Administration Building at 913 South Dubuque Street in Iowa City.