NID directors vote themselves a raise |

NID directors vote themselves a raise

Members of the NID board of directors expressed mixed views after voting to more than double their annual stipend to $15,000 annually ” their first increase in 16 years.

Although some expressed concern, others defended the action.

“I work at least 20 hours a week between going to committee meetings, reading material and taking classes” said Division I Director Nancy Weber. “I feel like this was warranted.”

The board’s unanimous vote last week increased the stipend paid to elected board members to $15,000 per year from $7,200.

“The deciding issue was when we looked at what $600 (the per-meeting stipend) was worth 16 years ago verses today,” said Division II Director John Drew. “I feel that the value of $600 has changed and the benefits have been reduced, and the workload has increased. All the raise does is bring us somewhere close to even.”

Others communicated concern.

“Being on the board is a civic responsibility,” said 25-year board member R. Paul Williams. “I feel there didn’t need to be a raise, and that it would encourage the wrong type of people, those who are interested in the money and not the district.”

Eventually, Williams was convinced by his colleagues’ intentions.

“They (the other board members) all seemed to have good reasons and felt it was necessary,” Williams said.

“Most of my constituents said, ‘It’s about time,”‘ Drew said. “Overall it was positive and is just a minimal stipend.”


To contact Staff Writer Lindsey Croft, e-mail or call 477-4247.

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