FLINT TWP. — With the upcoming retirement of the employee who has handled payroll for the township offices for 20 years, the Board of Trustees voted Feb. 19 to outsource the service.
The board voted unanimously to hire the company Paychecks to process payroll for all the township employees at a cost of $27,926 a year, with a one-time $3,395 fee.
Supervisor Karyn Miller said she took time to gather estimates from several sources before settling on Paychecks.
Trustee Frank Kasle asked why the township was considering outsourcing payroll services, adding it has always been done in house.
“They’ve been doing a fine job,” he said.
Miller said in recent years the township has found the level of confidentiality needed to handle payroll issues is hard to maintain when done in house, which played a part in why the administration was seeking to outsource the service.
Treasurer Lisa Anderson said the service will allow the township to coordinate time and attendance, which tends to be cumbersome for the police department to track. She also said she thinks with the current payroll person retiring, now was a good time to make the switch.
“We have an outgoing person of 20 years, it’s a good time to make the transition,” said Anderson. “We’d like to give it a shot, then bring back in house if it doesn’t work out.”
Miller said the township has not excelled in training, adding Paycheck tracks and monitors training and offers training as part of a Human Resources module.
“This will allow us to train at own pace and monitor training,” said Miller. “We’re obligated to train and meet obligations.”
Other benefits of Paycheck include allowing for direct deposit at all financial institutions, it allows employees to pull up a dashboard on their computer to view paystubs and hours, allowing them to print copies and make it easy to see.
Paycheck was recommended by the township’s auditors, Plante Moran.