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Board recommends pay raise for elected county officials


This news story was published on December 20, 2011.
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The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board met Monday evening and recommended a 2.5% pay increase for elected county officials.

The board was chaired by former Mason City Mayor Tom Jolas. Other on the board were Dave Theiss, Rich Finstad, John Stone and Bill Cody.

“This is not the year to be aggressive,” Jolas said.

The Cerro Gordo Coutny Supervisors will take the recommendation and make a final decision later.

In Cerro Gordo County, the county attorney (11th), the auditor (12th), the recorder (10th) the sheriff (11th) and the treasurer (10th) are loosely paid near the counties’ rank in population (13th). The Supervisors are the sixth-highest paid in the state, making $45,331 each.

The supervisors could actually vote themselves a pay decrease if they feel so inclined.

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13 Responses to Board recommends pay raise for elected county officials

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    Johnson Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Time to stand up to this example of wasteful government spending.

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    Unbelievable!! Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Economy stinks, jobs are gone, but let’s give more taxpayer money to these ‘special’ people!!!

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    Jason Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    What a crock!!
    Economy in the basement and they want to give more money to this ‘select’ group.

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    cmon now Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hmmn. Ironic that Jolas is commenting since he was the guy who for years pushed up those salaries saying we had to stay competitive. When was the last time a Sherif, auditor, recorder or supervisor quit their job? Can’t remember when. Not likely to happen either . Can you think of any other counties that pay more that they would move to and try to get reelected?This perversion of trying to maintain pay scales is very similar to corporate America boards that set the ceo salaries and bonuses. Where else could any of those supervisors work and get paid that kind of money for those hours?
    Cmon now

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    Bookie Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Can you believe it!!! Economy is in the pits and these guys even consider raises??
    What the heck are they thinking?

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    Framed Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Looks like the good old boys watching out for their own!!

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    Concerned Taxpayer Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    PRETTY SAD that times are tough and these guys can suggest a raise to a group of people that should be thankful for the jobs they have!
    Get rid of Jolas for starters! He’s outlived his days as a supporter of Economic Growth.
    Oh, isn’t he also friends with Jay Urdahl?
    Isn’t this itself a conflict?
    Guess it depends on who you know.

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    Shutta Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    How about an Iowa minimum wage raise to $15 an hour if you’re over 18 yrs old. That’s what it takes to live in poverty in MC. With Alliant, House Payment & Water bill. My last water bill was $120!!!! For 3 people in the house, 1 of which works out of town all week. That’s far beyond ridiculous for water!!!!

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      Peter Reply Report comment

      December 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      I absolutely support a $10 minimum wage increase effective immediately. Any job that I offer people, I never would think of paying them any less than that. My housecleaner I paid $20 an hour, so why should people working for mega corporate giants such as McDonald’s or Taco Bell get less than $10? btw… I can no longer afford a housecleaner.

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    Peter Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’m having trouble understanding what Jolas means by “this is not the year to be aggressive”. Does this mean Jolas wants a pay increase for the Board or not? Can the author of the article please clarify as to what that statement means more specifically? Thanks.

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      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      December 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Peter, Mr. Jolas meant that a lower wage increase is warranted due to the tough economic climate.

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    taxpayer Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    why not? i wish i could give myself a pay raise cuz i feel like it.
    in a job where i don’t have to (and don’t) do anything i don’t too.
    and where i had a job thats suppose to help the people and i can say “sorry we can’t help you”

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    screwd again Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    i wish i could vote my self a raise. for not doing shit.
    how about they they vote pay for work done. oh they would end oweing, if they did that.
    they are just self serving on my dime.