County youth wage program returns

Linn County is accepting applications for the 17th annual Summer Youth Wage Program sponsored by Linn County commissioners Roger Nyquist, Sherrie Sprenger and Will Tucker.

The county uses economic development funds generated by the Video Lottery to subsidize $2 per hour of wages for first-time teen employees. The program has been highly successful, with dozens of teenagers employed each summer. Last year, 73 youth were employed in jobs that included everything from local restaurants to farming.

To qualify, businesses must hire eligible employees between May 1 and Sept. 29. The employee must be legal to work in the United States and a resident of Linn County.

Qualifying businesses must employ 35 or fewer employees, all of them first-timers who have not previously worked for the individual business.

Maximum reimbursement is $3,000 per employer and businesses can hire up to three qualifying young people at a time. Maximum subsidy per young person is $1,000.

For additional information, call the Linn County Board of Commissioners office at (541) 967-3825 or visit http://www.co.linn.or.us.

– Alex Paul, Linn County Communications Officer