Supervisors ponder another pay raise |

Supervisors ponder another pay raise

Lauren Theodore

PLACERVILLE – The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday against a motion to approve changes to an ordinance that would give board members a pay raise.

The ordinance will be revisited on Feb. 1.

The goal of the ordinance is for supervisors’ salaries to be 67 percent of the average salary of elected department heads.

Introduced by 3rd District Supervisor J. Mark Nielsen, the ordinance proposed a 4.7 percent salary increase for board members. The percentage would raise the yearly board member salary from $50,184 to $52,543.

The board received a 7.6 percent increase in June 1999.

The salary gap between supervisors and department heads has increased in recent years. In 1993 the board’s salary was 67.5 percent of the average elected officials. The board now receives 59 percent of the average salary for elected department heads. A 4.7 percent increase would reduce disparity from 59 percent to 61.8 percent.

The closing of the salary percentage gap would eventually make board salaries proportionate to the 67 percent level. If passed, Nielsen’s ordinance would attempt to reach its goal at a pay rate not to exceed 2 percent made by elected officials, excluding the sheriff.

Dave Solaro, 5th district supervisor from South Shore, began his term in January 1999. He said the June pay raise was adequate and did not think it was appropriate to revisit the issue only seven months later.

Two years ago, the board shocked El Dorado County residents when they voted 4-1 for a 45 percent pay increase. Two weeks after the decision, the board unanimously dismantled the vote because of the negative public reaction.

District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting voted against the ordinance two years ago. “I am paid enough, in fact I am grateful for what I’ve got,” Nutting said.

Supervisors Solaro, Sam Bradley, and Nutting voted against the ordinance changes on Tuesday. Supervisors Penny Humphries and Nielsen voted in favor of it.

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