Commissioners approve salary increases

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Commissioners approve salary increases
ROAD WATERING — Last week the I-O ran a story about water from pivots being on county roads. The city was doing a fine job of watering down Seventh Ave. near the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park. In case they missed it, spraying water on roadways increases erosion, which may lead to an increase in taxes. Eroded streets may lead to damage to vehicles and an unexpected blast of water on the windshield could cause an accident. Then again, maybe local governments don’t have to play by the same rules they impose on taxpayers. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   County commissioners on Wednesday, at their regular weekly meeting moved to pass Resoution-2 which dealt with salary increases.
   The County Compensation Board, in May, recommended that compensation for elected officials be up to five percent, 3.8 percent COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) and 1.2 percent raise.
   Clerk and Recorder Janice Hoppes worked up several pay scale matrixes for commissioners to discuss, ranging from 3-5 percent.
   Part-time elected officials will receive the pro-rated amount of the salary, Justice of the Peace 81.25 percent and Superintendent of Schools at 50 percent.
   The commissioners and sheriff will also receive $2,000 annually allowed under state statues and the Superintendent of Schools will receive $200..
   The resolution also covered an additional $2,000 for the clerk and recorder who serves as election administrator and the same was approved for the treasurer.
   Salaries for the three commissioners will be $41,746.88 and includes an additional $2,000 per year required by state statue.
   The treasurer will be paid $39,746.88 plus additional $2,000; the clerk and recorder the same; and the clerk of court will receive $39,746.88.
   The sheriff/coroner will be paid $43,018.68 with an additional $2,000 required by state statue.
   The deputy sheriff/coroner will receive $50 per coroner call that is less than eight hours in duration and $100 for each call that is more than eight hours in duration.
   The county attorney will be paid $78,035.48 with the state reimbursing the county at a rate set by statue.
   The JP will be paid $32,294.34 and the superintendent of schools $20,073.48. The public administrator, salary is based on an hourly rate of the clerk and recorders base salary.
   The commissioners moved to set the hourly full-time and regular part-time employers at an increase of $.50 per hour. The road department supervisor will receive an increase in monthly salary at the rate of $.56 per hour.
   The gross base wages for deputies to elected officials and sheriff’s deputies will be calculated at 95 percent for the undersheriff, 90 percent for the chief sheriff’s deputy and 86 percent for all other deputies and deputies to other elected officials.