Blaine County Commissioners Increase Salary
Hailey, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Blaine County Commissioners will soon be seeing raises.
The county administrator requested a review of the salaries in June, because the commissioners are paid lower than average in the state.
It was an awkward situation during a Blaine County Commissioners meeting, as a ten member citizen committee didn't recommend a pay raise for County Commissioners, but were rejected.
"I think it's important for citizens to be involved setting salaries for county officials in the state of Idaho. The county commissioners at any time can raise salaries for all elected officials” said Kevin Laird, Committee Member.
The committee reviewed 150 documents of data, including information from the county HR Generalist, U.S. Census records, state documents, and labor statists.
Commissioners work full-time and have a current salary of $55,434.
"We're doing what the legislature and its wisdom has asked us to do is which setup our own salaries and that's a tough job” said Larry Schoen, Blaine County Commissioner.
Two out of the three commissioners approved a 5.7% increase to their 2013 salary, totaling to $61,522.
"I think we did the best we could with the hand we were dealt” said Larry Schoen, Blaine County Commissioner.
Citizens argue that the county is going through an economic hardship with the rest of the country and raising the Commissioner’s salary isn't the best idea.
An idea that increased three elected officials’ salaries for the coming year, something they say is vital.