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County supervisors to vote on pay hike

Nevada County supervisors are expected to vote on a pay raise for themselves Tuesday.

Proposed is a 9 percent increase in their salaries – a figure calculated through a weighted average of compensation based on county employees’ wage increases over the past two years.

Their last raise came two years ago.

If approved, supervisors’ annual pay will go up to $37,186 from $34,122. The chairperson would get a little more – $39,046, up 5 percent from $35,630. The chair has the extra job of reviewing the agenda and running the board meetings.

The weighted-average method to determine supervisors’ raises was adopted in 1996. Supervisor Peter Van Zant explained that the board set up a formula based on what other employees get. The supervisors receive their raises after the employees receive theirs.

“We’re the last ones, and we only get what they get,” he said.

Van Zant also noted the county’s $8 million reserve, built up from $1 million four years ago, as an example of belt-tightening and fiscal responsibility. He cited as another the board’s vote last week to cut 21.5 unfilled positions.

“The fact of the matter is, this board has been planning for fiscal responsibility for years,” said Van Zant.

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