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Board members vote to keep their pay, other elected officials’ pay the same

County Board's pay has stayed the same since 1996

The LaSalle County Board voted May 7 against a pay increase for the chairman, auditor, circuit clerk, coroner and recorder, as well as against increasing the per diem amount for county board members.

County board members will continue to get $60 per diem plus mileage reimbursement. A proposal to increase the pay $70 per diem after the November election beginning December 2020 and $80 per diem beginning December 2021 was not accepted. The county board’s pay has stayed the same since 1996, said Board Member Jerry Myers, R-Streator.

A 1.5% pay increase was proposed for the chairman, auditor, circuit clerk, coroner and recorder for 2021 to increase salaries to $69,015; with a 1.5% increase proposed for 2022 to $70,050; a 2% increase for 2023 to $71,451 and a 2% increase for 2024 to $72,880. The increases would have put those elected positions in-line with other elected officials had it been accepted.

County Board Member Joe Savitch, D-LaSalle, said the salary proposals are bad timing, noting the hit financially county governments are expected to take.

Elected officials are required to set the salaries for elected positions at least six months before the new terms begin.

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