Placer Supes may send huge pay raise to voters |

Placer Supes may send huge pay raise to voters

Placer County supervisors will vote today on a recommendation that would ask voters to more than triple their salaries.

The county’s Charter Review Committee recommends that supervisors rescind a voter-enacted cap on the county’s board of supervisors pay that dates back to 1992 and raise supervisor salaries to $99,000 per year. The cap had previously held the elected officials’ salaries at $30,000 ” a rate that ranks the county as 52 among 58 California counties for supervisor salaries.

Supervisors can either approve, amend or reject the recommendation at their meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. today in Auburn.

Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz, who represents the eastern portion of Placer County that includes North Tahoe, backs a pay hike for his position.

“It’s one thing to be community oriented. It’s another thing to make ends meet,” said Kranz.

Kranz said he will vote to send a salary increase proposal to the county voters, although he said hiking pay from $30,000 to $99,000 might not be palatable to county residents.

“To me, that seems like it would be very hard to convince voters to jump that drastically,” said Kranz, who says he logs about 50 hours of work per week as the elected representative of eastern Placer County.

The raise would have to be approved by voters since it would involve changing the county’s charter, said county spokeswoman Anita Yoder.

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