Kandiyohi County Board raises commissioners’ pay
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners voted last week to give themselves a 2 percent pay increase for 2016.The raise is similar to the cost-of-living adjustment that other county employees received for next year.It brings each co...
WILLMAR - The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners voted last week to give themselves a 2 percent pay increase for 2016.
The raise is similar to the cost-of-living adjustment that other county employees received for next year.
It brings each commissioner’s annual pay to $30,161.01, up almost $600 from the current year.
No change was made in the $70 stipend that commissioners are paid for attending additional county meetings and other meetings, which range from the Road and Bridge Committee and budget and finance meetings to meetings of county water and sewer districts and intergovernmental relations.
The commissioners are allowed to collect the stipend once per day when they attend extra meetings.
The pay increases are included in the county budget for next year, but Larry Kleindl, county administrator, told the commissioners it was up to them whether to vote for ultimate approval.
“It’s your choice,” he said.
Some counties periodically freeze the salaries of their county commissioners, then end up having to grant larger increases in subsequent years to catch up, Kleindl said.
“I would rather see you do a gradual increase,” he said.