Board of Supervisors approve 7.6 percent pay raise |

Board of Supervisors approve 7.6 percent pay raise

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors formally approved a 7.6 percent increase in their pay on Tuesday, proving that seven months can make a big difference.

In November of last year, the board initiated a 42 percent pay increase for themselves, only to be shouted down by several of their constituents. They backed away from that proposal entirely, and didn’t bring up the issue again until last week – with a much more modest proposal.

The new raise will increase the supervisors pay from $46,664 to $50,184. the last increase, in 1998, was for 2.5 percent.

“Department heads are on call 24 hours a day,” said board chairman Mark Nielsen. “We often don’t get to use our leave time.”

Former Fifth District Supervisor John Upton, who was board chairman during the time of the original pay raise proposal last year, maintained that quality people would be reluctant to run for board positions if the compensation was not increased.

At that time, Second District Supervisor Ray Nutting was the only board member to speak out against the 42 percent pay raise proposal (current supervisors Dave Solaro and Penny Humphreys were not on the board at that time).

The raise will take effect July 3. It consists of two parts: a 3 percent cost of living increase and a 4.6 percent management leave increase. All other county government employees will also receive a 7.6 percent pay raise.

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