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Raising supervisors' meeting pay eyed

Pierce County Board members will vote next month on whether to give themselves or future board members a raise next spring.

The proposal to increase regular pay for committee meetings from $35 to $47 and for county board meetings from $50 to $70 was introduced and discussed briefly at Tuesday's board meeting.

Chairman Paul Barkla, noting board pay hasn't been raised in 12 years, said the suggestion to increase came from Supervisor Rich Purdy, Town of River Falls, who was not at the meeting.

Barkla said Purdy recommended tying the board increase to the percentage increases negotiated for employees.

"I'm opposed to it," said Barkla, explaining the board has asked departments to cut back and streamline, and should set an example.

But if a board raise is considered in the future, he would favor linking it to the percentage increases given to employees, said Barkla.

"It taints the process," said Supervisor Jeff Holst, Town of Diamond Bluff, of tying supervisors' pay to raises given to county employees.

Holst and other supervisors said they are not in favor of increasing county board compensation when taxpayers are struggling financially.

For more please read the Nov. 4 print version of the Herald.