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Supervisors Waiting for Letter from Compensation Board, Delays County Department Budgets

Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News


The figures provided at the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The compensation rates for elected officials were discussed at Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The supervisors discussed a 3% increase with some flat rate adjustments, but are awaiting an official recommendation from the compensation board. Supervisor Jack Seward spoke of the overall increases, “I look at the result of the compensation board’s actions at anywhere from a 3% to an 8.5% raise, and I also recall some of the things that were said at the meeting. But I also have to look at the county as a whole, the amount of taxes that we’re going to have to come up with and the trickle down effect of those possible 7% or 8% raises and I just think that they’re a little bit out of line.” The rates are for county attorney, sheriff, auditor, treasurer, recorder, and supervisor.

Treasurer Jeff Garrett said the county has previously approved flat rate adjustments in addition to percent increases, “As far as the procedure, this same procedure, we had it happen in Fiscal Years 05, 06, and 07. All three of those years we had flat rate adjustments along with percentages, so there is a precedent for that happening.”

The item was unanimously tabled until an official letter is received from the compensation board. County department heads are waiting for the compensation rates to be set, so they can set their budgets for employee compensation before January 17th and budget workshops.