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April 13, 2014

County to discuss officeholders' salaries

DANVILLE — Salaries for positions elected in the November general election will be up for discussion at Tuesday’s Vermilion County Board meeting.

No action will be taken on the salaries, which also were discussed at last week’s finance and personnel committee meeting. Committee members suggested the issue be brought up before the full county board for additional opinions.

Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard and committee chairman John Alexander indicated to the committee the issue would be brought up Tuesday in an open forum setting to the full board.

Mike Marron of District 2 said committee members wanted to get a feel for how other board members stood on the issue.

Under state law, the county must have the salary schedule in place 180 days prior to the beginning of the new term. For these county officials, the new term would begin on Dec. 1 — the first day of the county’s new fiscal year.

The gamut of scenarios has been discussed for the salaries, ranging from up to a 3 percent increase to no increase at all for the county offices of treasurer, county clerk, supervisor of assessments and sheriff.

While the salary resolution covers a four-year term for the office holders, only the last two years of the salary were really up for discussion by committee members. The first two years, with 3 percent increases each year, brings the offices even with the other county offices that were elected in 2012.

The treasurer, county clerk and supervisor of assessments make $62,810 for the current fiscal year, which ends in November. Three percent salary increases each of the next two fiscal years will bring the offices up to $66,650 — equal to that of the circuit clerk, recorder, coroner and auditor.

Salary increases of 3 percent for the final two years of the term would bring the office totals to $70,710. A 1 percent salary increase would result in $67,995 for the last year of the term.

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