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Politics

January 30, 2014

No elected official salary discussions yet

Knoxville — Regarding County Department head budget requests, Board of Supervisors' Chairman Craig Agan said the meetings are going well. The supervisors are trying to balance each department's requests with the spending levels available to provide services. Department heads also say the meetings were good.

"I think it went well," Marion County Treasurer Denise Emal said. She shared with the supervisors how changes within the Department of Transportation will affect services in the county. 

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull said his meeting went well, too. One thing he pushed for is pay for his assistant county attorneys at a level consistent with colleagues in other counties. Bull also provided notice of the changes coming to his office with the Iowa Court System's new Electronic Data Management System. See the related article on this topic. 

The Marion County Compensation Board made its recommendations to the board earlier this month for elected officials' salaries. Agan said the supervisors intend to have a discussion about the pay increases recommended next week. Budgets cannot be finalized until a decision is made regarding the pay levels for county officials. 

The recommendation presented to the supervisors is as follows:

• Supervisors-Present Salary at $34,391; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $34,194; Variance of $197; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase at 4.13 percent and a final recommended salary of $35,810, or an increase of $1,419.38.

• Attorney-Present Salary at $93,717; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $95,923; Variance of $2,206; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase at 7.05 percent and a final recommended salary of $100,327.70, or an increase of $6,610. 

• Auditor-Present Salary at $58,475; Salary at 22nd Rank would be $59,763; Variance of $1,288; CPI increase of 1.7 percent; a pay increase of 3 percent; total increase of 6.9 percent and a final recommended salary of $62,511.33, or an increase of $4,046.33. 

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