Shawnee County Commissioners will see a pay raise soon.
Commissioners voted Monday for pay increases for county department heads, as well as commissioners' salaries. Their salary will go up 3.7 percent, to $43,000 a year. It's the commission's first pay increase since 2006.
Commissioners also approved a resolution of intent to issue industrial revenue bonds for the construction of a new warehouse facility in Topeka. Officials wouldn't comment on the name of the business, size, or when construction would begin, but they did say it could bring many new jobs to the Topeka area.
"We're again keeping our fingers crossed but we're all getting very excited about the prospect of bringing another major employer - new, completely new, to our community, particularly at a time when, in that particular industry, we are suffering the loss of the Payless warehouse over on the north end of town," commissioner Vic Miller said. "The timing of it couldn't be any better for us to attract a warehouse to pick up a number of those jobs."
Commissioners also granted a tax exemption for Target Corporation's distribution center off SW 57th and Topeka Blvd., in the same area where the new facility might be built.