SLO supervisors decline pay raises

December 7, 2016

SLO Board of Supervisors

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors dashed any immediate hopes of higher wages in a 3-2 vote on Tuesday with supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill dissenting.

County staff recommended the supervisors approve a 3.5 percent pay raise in 2017 and then another 3.5 percent pay increase in 2018. The county found that the median pay of supervisors in 10 other counties was higher than San Luis Obispo County’s $86,115 annual salary.

Staff claimed that SLO County lagged behind other counties of similar size and counties “in close proximity.” However, county staff included Sonoma County which is not in close proximity to SLO County and is considerably larger. With a monthly salary of $12,145, Sonoma County had the highest pay of counties compared which resulted in a higher pay raise recommendation.

Both Hill and Gibson argued that the salary increases were consistent with the county’s compensSupervisor Lynn Comptonation policy that relies on the market based comparable methodology.

In addition, Hill said it is a difficult job and a larger salary is needed to attract non-wealthy people to the board.

Supervisor Lynn Compton, who said she made significantly more money working in the private sector, did not agree.

“My motivation for running for office was not to make more money but to do good for the community,” Compton said.

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I also want to thank Supervisors Debbie Arnold, Lynn Compton and Frank Mecham for voting no on the 2017 pay raise.

The raise $ they would have gotten would be taken from you and I, The forgotten Taxpayer.

Supervisor Lynn Compton is looking out for us and I hope she will run for re-election in 2018.

Supervisor Lynn Compton will be up for re-election to the Board of Supervisors in 2018. I applaud her work and encourage her to continue that work for the voters of the 4th district and the entire county in 2018. Thank you Supervisor Compton!

A BIG THANK YOU to Supervisors Debbie Arnold, Lynn Compton and Frank Mecham for voting no on the 2017 pay raise. The majority rules and the county staff recommendation failed.

Also a BIG THANK YOU to Supervisors Lynn Compton, Frank Mecham and Pismo Beach City Council Member Maryann Reiss for voting no on a 5% pay raise for SLOCOG Executive Director Ron DeCarli. (Supervisor Debbie Arnold was not in attendance.)

Unfortunately, the following SLOCOG board members voted for the 5% pay increase: Supervisors Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill, Atasadero Mayor Tom O’Malley, Arroyo Grande City Council Member Jim Guthrie, Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals, Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons,

San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx and Paso Robles City Council Member Fred Strong.

You elect officials to protect your interest; however, looking at the above SLOCOG vote, the vast majority of those officials forgot about you! Heck…it’s not their money, it’s yours!!!!!!

Suggest you send a THANK YOU to Supervisors Arnold, Compton, Mecham and City Council Member Reiss for representing you…The Forgotten Taxpayer!

District 2 voters need to get real. It’s time now to bring a competent, genuine competitor onto the tarmac for District 2 supervisor who will *defeat* Bruce in the next election. You just witnessed what happened in the competition for District 3 supervisor.

Santa Maria Times published an article on April 18 of this year that begins like this – “Dan Carpenter’s campaign to replace San Luis Obispo County 3rd District Supervisor Adam Hill isn’t about winning or losing.” WHAT? Why run for *anything* if winning isn’t the goal? Why waste supporters’ resources if you’re just in it for the ride? For Dan Carpenter, it should have absolutely been about winning. The result: Supervisor Hill is about to embark on yet another four years of tormenting the entire County!