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Salaries not on Tuesday agenda

The Linn County supervisors will not discuss their salaries at tomorrow’s meeting.

After dispensing with their part-time status and in effect giving themselves a raise over what they would have made in the next six months, Supervisors Lu Barron, Jim Houser and Linda Langston said they would come up with a salary recommendation for the Compensation Board.

They argued that they are in reality full time, not part time, and it was important to settle that before new members Ben Rogers and Brent Oleson took office. Then, they said, the five supervisors could sit down and come up with a salary for themselves, recommend it to the Comp Board and hope the Comp Board takes the recommendation.

Linda Langston said the supervisors will discuss the issue shortly before the Comp Board meets.

Compensation Board Chairman Allen Merta said he’s requested for the meeting to be Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. at Westdale Mall.

“They were very polite, but they said they disagreed with what the supervisors did, and they thought the Compensation Board should do something about it,” Merta said.

One thing the supervisors will discuss Tuesday at 9 a.m. is the results of the survey on where the public wants county offices to be. The survey will have direct bearing on the county’s decision to purchase or not purchase Westdale Mall. That decision is coming in several weeks, with supervisors saying they’ll either announce a conclusion in February or March.


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One Response

  1. Brian says:

    We really need open discussion on salary for public officials. Something like will be beneficial

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