The Marion County Compensation Board met in December to make recommendations regarding the salary levels for elected officials. These recommendations were submitted to the Board of Supervisors. Through the supervisors' budget discussions, Chairman Jim Kingery said the board has chosen to reduce the recommendations by 70 percent. “I understand the situation the supervisors face, and I'm sure they did not make this decision easily,” Comp Board Chairman Kevin Wadle told the Journal-Express. “The Marion County Compensation Board members all felt that we made a fair recommendation, and we were all aware of the possible results.” He added that the role of the Comp Board is not to like or dislike the supervisors' decisions.The recommendations made by the Comp Board first brought each elected official's salary (supervisors, sheriff, auditor, treasurer, recorder and attorney) into line with the 22nd percentile, as Marion County is the 22nd-most populated county in Iowa, then applied a 2.9 percent consumer price index increase and a 3.5 percent salary increase for each office. Total salary percentage increases from these actions ranged from 5.9 percent per supervisor to 7.72 percent for the county attorney. The dollar amount increase, per office, after the 70 percent reduction is as follows: • Supervisor-recommended increase of $1,997.56 minus 70 percent will be $599.27• Sheriff-recommended increase of $4,862.21 minus 70 percent will be $1,458.66• Auditor-recommended increase of $3,909.20 minus 70 percent will be $1,172.76• Treasurer-recommended increase of 3,686.17 minus 70 percent will be $1,105.85• Recorder-recommended increase of $3,604.67 minus 70 percent will be $1,981.40• Attorney-recommended increase of $7,072.89 minus 70 percent will be $2,121.87Present salaries for Marion County elected officials are $33,790 for each supervisor, $75,972 for the sheriff, $57,300 for the auditor, $57,112 for the treasurer, $56,323 for the recorder and $91,592 for the attorney.
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