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Linn County Supervisors agree to cut their salaries


by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Linn County Board of Supervisors agreed Friday to cut their salaries from $87,000 back to s$70,000 a year. The board will also return all excess dollars made since the raise went into effect January 2nd.

"It was extremely important, in fact it had to happen today," said Supervisor Brent Oleson.

Oleson drafted the resolution Friday morning. He and Ben Rogers joined the board last month. Oleson feels this move is less about money, and more about a promise.

"Just put it forward as a last chance to save the board of supervisors from themselves," said Oleson.

"We certainly have heard from the public that that is what they want," said Supervisor Lu Barron. "When they voted for five supervisors, they thought they were voting to lower our salaries, too."

This all comes after the supervisors had agreed to become part-time and take a pay cut early last year. They went back on that resolution in December.

"I regret that," said Barron. "It was a mistake. And I apologized to the people for that."

The board also went against a recommendation by the Linn County Compensation Board to raise the salaries of the county attorney, auditor, recorder, treasurer and sheriff. Instead, those salaries will be frozen.

"I didn't expect a full freeze for the other elected officials," said Compensation Board member Allen Merta. "I expected some sort of reduction."

"They should be frozen given the economy, given the uncertainty in our budget," said Oleson.

Board members say they look forward to putting this salary issue behind them so they can begin focusing on many larger issues within the county.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel 

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