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Kranz opposes supes’ pay raise

Sun staff reports

WEIMAR ” Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz announced that he will not vote for a pay raise for the board of supervisors at this time.

“At the moment our citizens are facing uncertainty over their mortgages, credit cards and jobs. Our county revenues are below expectations. We are asking others to tighten their belts,” said Kranz. “This is just not the time to adjust pay for supervisors.

We have other things of more immediate urgency to accomplish such as protecting taxpayers and supporting public safety.”

Last week Placer County Supervisors held a public discussion on the recommendations of both a charter commission and of the League of Placer Taxpayers that it was time to consider a pay raise for the supervisors of Placer County.

Kranz initially backed the idea of sending a proposal for a pay raise to the voters for approval, but has since changed his mind.

“Given changes in cost of living and in the growing challenges to governing well in Placer County, they are not now appropriate,” said Kranz of the raise.

Kranz, who is retired, said he works between 50 and 60 hours a week at his job. He represents communities west of Auburn to the Nevada border.

At a pay rate of $30,000 with no benefits, which was fixed by a vote of county taxpayers in the early 1990s, Placer County Supervisors rank number 53 out of California’s 58 counties in terms of pay, the county found.