DES MOINES- The Polk County Minimum Wage Task Force has finalized its' proposal.
After numerous meetings since spring, the proposal was finalized on Thursday afternoon.
The board is suggesting an increased minimum wage of $10.75 an hour for adults by 2019. If approved by the Polk County Board of Supervisors, the increase would begin next April.
The board also debated a youth minimum wage on Thursday.
The board voted 10-2 to pay 14-17 year olds fifteen percent less than the suggested increased minimum wage for adults. The increase would be $7.44- $9.80 over a three year period.
The youth wage is also being practiced in states like Minnesota and Nebraska.
"The concern is there is an incentive that we're hurting the people we're trying to help."
Some of the public's comments were praising the board and the others were in opposition.
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