Lemon: tax and pay increases are needed

Only a handful of people traditionally attend the public hearing for the Cache County Council’s annual budget but it could be a different story this year. Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon said that is because a 10 percent increase in property tax is included in the 2014 budget.

He said in increase is needed because there is a serious revenue problem, especially in the road department.

On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Lemon said a two percent  pay increase is also proposed for county employees. Non-council elected officials, however, are scheduled to get a four percent hike because they were passed up last time.

“There are people that think they make too much. There are people that think they don’t make enough,” Lemon said. “Literally, we have council members that I think have made that commitment and they thought we ought to do more than this and we’ve got council members that thought it’s too much. So this was really a compromise, as far as I saw it.”

Lemon said Cache County’s non-council elected officials get paid less than those in many counties get. He said if the pay hikes are approved, elected officials will be making an average of at least $75,000 a year.

Council members make approximately $9,800 a year but they voted not to give themselves a pay increase. All salary and tax increase proposals will be discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting which starts at 5 p.m. in the Historic Cache County Court House.

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Elected Officials Salaries

<table border=”0″> <tbody> <tr> <td style=”text-align: center;”>Title</td> <td style=”text-align: center;”>Current</td> <td style=”text-align: center;”>4%*</td> <td style=”text-align: center;”> Jim Smith proposal**</td> <td style=”text-align: center;”> Val Potter proposal***</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Assessor</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 72,829</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 75,742</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 87,930</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”>81,568</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Attorney</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”>107,114</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 111,399</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 117,952</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”>112,469</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Clerk/Auditor~</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 72,829</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 75,742</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 88,295</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 87,395</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Council</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 9,793</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 9,981</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> —-</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> —-</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Executive/Surveyor</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 94,378</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 98,153</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 93,670</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 98,885</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Recorder</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 72,829</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 75,742</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 87,661</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 81,568</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Sheriff</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 82,789</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 86,101</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 93,307</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 89,422</td> </tr> <tr> <td style=”text-align: left;”> Treasurer</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 72,829</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 75,742</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 87,656</td> <td style=”text-align: right;”> 81,568</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

*Numbers are estimates based on a 4% pay increase

**Jim Smith is Cache County’s Human Resources Officer. His proposed salaries are his recommendations based on need and out-of-market comparisons. Other counties that were used as comparisons were Salt Lake County, Wasatch County, Grand County and Morgan County.

***Val Potter is the chair person of the Cache County Council.

~Clerk and Auditor positions are not currently combined.

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