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County Compensation Board To Talk Salaries Tuesday

By Staff | Dec 1, 2015

The topic of salaries for Palo Alto County’s elected officials will be the subject of discussion this afternoon, Tuesday, Dec. 1, during the annual meeting of the Palo Alto County Compensation Board. The Compensation Board will convene at 1:30 p.m. in the supervisor’s boardroom of the Palo Alto County Courthouse with an agenda to discuss salaries for the county’s elected officials for fiscal year 2015-2016.

As set forth by the Code of Iowa, the county’s Compensation Board determines recommendations for salaries of the elected officials of each county. The Compensation Board is a group of citizens appointed to represent the various elected officials of county government.

Compensation Board members review the wages paid to the elected officials, and then review additional information before making a recommendation for a salary to the county Board of Supervisors. The salary recommendation may be for an increase or a freeze in the amount of compensation for the officials.

Once the salary recommendation has been made, the final decision lies with the county Board of Supervisors, who may approve the Compensation Board’s recommendation, or they may lower the recommendation, but the salary may not be raised higher than the original recommendation established by the Compensation Board.

For the current Fiscal year 2015-2016, the Compensation Board recommended salary increases of 3.5 percent for the county’s elected officials for the current fiscal year., along with a recommendation for an additional lump-sum increase of $2,800 for the County Sheriff in addition to the percentage increase for the position.

Members of the Palo Alto County Compensation Board are John D. Brown of Emmetsburg, representing the County Auditor; Ned Munn of Emmetsburg, representing the County Recorder; Joan Bunda of Emmetsburg, representing the County Treasurer; John Spies of Emmetsburg, who represents the County Sheriff. Representing the County Supervisors are Bertha Mathis of Emmetsburg and Dave Garrelts of Emmetsburg. A new member will be appointed to the Compensation Board to represent County Attorney Peter C. Hart, who was newly elected to the office when the board last met.

Marge Schmidt of Emmetsburg is the Secretary of the Compensation Board.

The Compensation Board meeting is open to the public and public comment, either oral or written, is welcomed.