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May 11, 2014

County board to discuss salary increases

DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board members will discuss potential salary increases for county officeholders at the board’s Tuesday meeting.

Members of the county’s finance and personnel committee voted last week to approve 3 percent salary increases for each of the county offices on the November general election ballot: treasurer, county clerk, supervisor of assessments and sheriff.

The issue now goes before board members who must approve the salaries. 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.

Board Chairman Gary Weinard said called the pay increase for the officeholders “good and fair,” noting it is close to the pay increases in union agreements with the county.

“If you look at Vermilion County and what we accomplish and what we do it with, officeholders do an outstanding job in making the money stretch and getting performance and work from staff,” he said. “We’ve got a good cooperative effort between the county board and officeholders.”

Nonetheless, Weinard said he expects questions regarding the increases, noting that the issue is a “lightning rod” for public input.

With the 3 percent per year increase, the offices of treasurer, county clerk and supervisor of assessments will go from $62,810 for the current fiscal year to $70,710 for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The sheriff’s salary will increase from $90,633 this fiscal year to $102,120 in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The first two years of the salary increase will bring the offices currently up for election in line with those officials elected in the 2012 general election: circuit clerk, recorder, coroner and auditor.

The superintendent of schools — also up for vote in the November general election — is set by the state.

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