Nevada County supes ask grand jury to handle raise question |

Nevada County supes ask grand jury to handle raise question

NEVADA CITY ” Possible raises for the Nevada County Supervisors could be reviewed by the county grand jury.

The board voted Tuesday to ask grand jurors to review a proposal for future raises and benefit packages. The proposal has the same formula used earlier this year that increased salaries for most elected county officials and employees.

“Whatever we do, we’ll got shot at,” said Supervisor Hank Weston about the possible political fallout from a board raise. “A neutral or independent party needs to review this.”

Acting on his own idea, Supervisor Ted Owens made the motion to send the proposal to the grand jury, and the vote was unanimous.

The supervisors currently make $39,447 per year according to county assistant administrator Laura Matteson. The chair of the board, currently John Spencer, makes 5 percent more, or $41,419 annually.

The board’s last raise came on July 1, 2006, when members received a 2 percent increase.

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