Also in today’s news is this item:
By the end of 2007, Utah County commissioners will have received nearly $20,000 in salary increases in just three years.
But they’re not alone. Other elected officials in Utah County benefited from a pay raise at the start of 2005 and will receive a collective 9 percent pay increase next year as part of the new $73.8 million budget county commissioners recently adopted for 2007.
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According to White, the council found that a comparative composite salary for county commissioners elsewhere is about $103,000.
County employees are generally given a cost-of-living salary increase of about 3-4 percent annually. However, elected officials are not, and they most likely won’t receive another raise next year.
I realize that each county decides how to spend its money but this is provided to point out as an example how fiscal decision making regarding income/salaries is not equitable. Elected officials and other “leaders” seem to always get the big pay increases while the folks who work to pay their salaries have to work two and three jobs to put food on their tables.
There’s something wrong with this picture.