Muscatine County supervisors cut proposed wage increases | Local

MUSCATINE – After discussing recommendations from the Muscatine County Compensation Board, the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors on Monday amended the recommendations to a 3% increase for most county elected officials, a 6% increase for the sheriff and a 1.5% increase for the salaries of supervisors.

On Feb. 16, the compensation board issued a recommendation to give all elected officials a 4% raise, except for the position of sheriff, which would get an 8% raise. The sheriff job would get a pay raise of $9,435. Overall, the increases would amount to an increase of $30,456. The council said the recommendations were based on other counties of a similar size and feedback from elected officials. The sheriff’s pay increase was based on the pay of police chiefs and sheriffs statewide and the board said it intends to make similar increases over the next few years to align the salary on top of that of other public security officials.

“I don’t support the recommendation,” supervisor Jeff Sorenson said. “We have just gone through a long process of negotiation with a number of our unions and we have concluded long-term contracts. I think if we implement them, it’s going to cause us problems in the long run.

He said he would support a 25% reduction in percentage increases to bring him in line with the 3% pay increase the county was giving others. He also said he would have been happy with a 1.5% increase, which is a standard increase in the cost of living.

Any action taken by supervisors on the recommendations of the compensation committee should be taken at all levels.

Supervisor Santos Saucedo said the county didn’t give a raise last year, so it was okay to give a raise this year. He cast the only “no” vote.

During discussion of the recommendation, Sorenson said county supervisors are paid about $80 an hour. Supervisor Nathan Mather agreed, saying that if the supervisor’s salary was too high, it would attract people more interested in the salary than the job.

Supervisor Doug Holiday said he was happy to see the board trying to “get the sheriff’s salary up to where it should be.”

Sorenson said the problem he has with the compensation board process is that supervisors cannot review every office and span of control to determine an increase.