County supervisors in line for holiday pay raise
December 8, 2014
One week after granting themselves $1,000 each from county coffers, San Luis Obispo County supervisors will consider approving a 5 percent boost to their own paychecks.
At last week’s board of supervisors meeting, the board voted unanimously to award a one-time $1,000 payments to all full-time county workers and pro-rated amounts to part-time employees. The payments, which are described as offsets to rising health care costs, will cost the county more than $2.4 million.
On Tuesday, county officials will ask the supervisors to grant themselves salary increases of about $4,000 annually. If approved, the base salaries of each of the supervisors will increase from approximately $82,014 to $86,115.
In total, the proposed pay raise would cost the county $31,815 annually in salary and related costs, according to a county staff report.
Funding for the salary increases would come from operational savings, if available. If not, the board would likely transfer the money from general fund reserves or contingencies.
Human resources staff is using a county compensation study to justify the proposed pay raise. The study concluded that the supervisors are compensated 14.9 percent below market value.
In order for the pay increase to take effect, the supervisors must pass an ordinance, which requires holding a second hearing. The supervisors are expected to give final approval for the raise at their Dec. 16 meeting, which is the final time board is scheduled to convene in 2014.
If approved, the pay raise would take effect on Feb. 15.