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January 9, 2019 Supervisors OK raises below recommendation
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

While all five supervisors in the first meeting of the year Jan. 2, agreed to salary increases for elected officials, there was a large difference in the percentage hike, all of which were less than the 3-7 percent recommended by the county Compensation Board.

Supervisor Abe Miller suggested a 50 percent cut from the board’s proposal, referencing that in the last three years, the increase amounted to 3.5 percent.

He said the current Compensation Board recommendation averages 4.58, ranging from 3 percent for the supervisors to 7 percent for the county attorney.

Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. suggested 25 percent cut, citing keeping the move in line with the increase in the cost for living.

Supervisor Richard Young, citing the discussion, noted, “We do this every year,” agreeing with the 25 percent cut.

An initial motion to cut the proposed recommendation by 10 percent lost 3-2, with the second motion to crop the proposed rate by 25 percent passed 4-1 with Miller dissenting.

During the discussion, it was noted that suggested amounts involved are not large, going from $825 to $5,893 and that the county can cover the funds.

Passage of the 25 percent reduction of the Compensation Board’s recommendations resulted in the following new salaries: Attorney, $117,819.50, a $5,893 raise (7.02 percent or $7,858 was recommended); auditor, $75,062, a $1,651 raise (original, 3 percent or $2,202); recorder, a $2,649 raise (original 5.21 percent or $3,533); treasurer, $71,457 (original 5.18 percent or $3,564); sheriff, $96,727, a $5,893 raise; (original, 4.07 percent or $3,816): supervisors, $37,482, an $825 raise (original 3 percent or $1,100 ). The board chairman receives an additional $1,500 stipend because of the additional duties of the position.

A brief discussion regarding departmental increases resulted in following last year’s board move of no increase in budget operations with the departmental option of coming to the board for specific item fund needs and approval of a 2.8 percent cost of living wage increase.

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