County considers bump in committee payThe Douglas County Board is considering a modest bump in its compensation. The Board’s Executive Committee on Tuesday approved a $10 increase in the stipends paid to committee members.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
The Douglas County Board is considering a modest bump in its compensation.
The Board’s Executive Committee on Tuesday approved a $10 increase in the stipends paid to committee members.
The increase would translate to $35 for meetings attended by regular panel members and $45 for chairmen. The $200 monthly salary would remain unchanged.
The total cost for the change would be about $5,000, said County Board Chairman Doug Finn. He said it would be the first time in 23 years the board would consider a change in compensation for supervisors.
The last time board member compensation changed was 1990. If the board accepts the change in compensation, the increase wouldn’t go into effect until after the April elections.
“I’d like to say it’s a good idea,” said Supervisor Mary Lou Bergman. “I’d like to have it but if we can’t give the county employees a raise, I have a problem with giving myself one.”
Bergman, a member of the panel, was the only one to vote against the measure.
The panel also considered compensating members for expenses related to using iPads; however, that idea was quickly dismissed.
“I would think the increase (in the meeting stipend) would cover some of that,” said Supervisor Kay Johnson.