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Kandiyohi County Commissioners to forgo raises in 2014

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Commissioners opted Tuesday against giving themselves a raise for 2014.

Instead, they voted unanimously to keep their pay at the same level — $28,989.83 — next year. The county commissioners’ per diem of $70 for attending meetings also will remain the same.

Discussion was brief and quick to reach a consensus.

“I don’t have any problem keeping it where it is,” said Harlan Madsen, chairman of the County Board.

The commissioners followed a tradition of granting themselves a pay raise some years but forgoing a raise other years. Their last pay raise, a 1 percent increase, was approved at the end of 2012 and took effect this year.

Pay increases for county employees are averaging 1.5 percent for the coming year.

The County Board also set minimum salary levels for the county’s elected officials, an action taken before the start of an election year so that potential candidates can know in advance what the salaries are.

Besides the county commissioners, there are four elected offices: county attorney, $77,499; county auditor-treasurer, $69,961; sheriff, $73,634; and recorder, $54,167. All four positions are up for election in 2014.

In other action, bids were opened for two bridge replacement projects in the southeastern part of the county. One is on Kandiyohi County Highway 4 and the other on a Lake Lillian Township road.

Five bids were received for the two projects, which are estimated to cost $231,931. The bids will be reviewed by the county Highway Department staff, with action expected at the next County Board meeting on Dec. 17.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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