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The Scott County Board of Supervisors Thursday changed policies on employee purchasing and purchasing card limits with a 3-2 vote.

The dissenting votes were from supervisors Diane Holst and Brinson Kinzer, who voted against increasing the limit from $10,000 to $15,000 on bids and contracts that require board of supervisors’ approval. Holst and Kinzer also voted against approving purchasing cardholder limits for employees authorized to charge $3,000 per purchase up to $25,000 per 28-day billing cycle and enhanced card holders allowing for purchases of $15,000 per transaction up to $25,000 over 28 days.

Both supervisors said the data presented by staff did not support the need for policy change. Holst said she wanted to continue to see and approve all bids and contracts above $10,000.

Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to hire Public Sector Personnel Consultants to conduct a study of staff compensation, classification and benefits. The consultants based in Phoenix, Arizona, will be paid for services not to exceed $74,000.

Supervisors recognized the month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Family Resources’ Braking Traffik survivor services supervisor Marisa Mansfield thanked supervisors for the proclamation. Mansfield said 60 survivors of human trafficking were identified and assisted in the Quad-City area last year.

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Liz Boardman is the Quad-City Times City Editor, manages the Economy section and Bettendorf News, and is the house Freedom of Information Act geek. A Rock Island native, she joined the Times in 2016.