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Some Lee County Leaders Could Get Pay Hike

Fort Madison, IA – Some of Lee County's elected leaders could be in line for a pay increase. The Lee County Compensation Board is recommending the County Attorney, Auditor, Recorder, Sheriff, and Treasurer recieve a 3.5% pay hike. The panel is also recommending no pay increase for the Board of Supervisors. Compensation Board member Jim Dennis says the board based the 3.5% figure on the union contract for the upcoming fiscal year. The compensation board tossed around both lower and higher figures, but eventually settled on the 3.5%. The Board of Supervisors has the final say in the matter. The supervisors can either accept the recommendation, cut the pay hikes, or zero them out. Last year, the compensation board recommended a 3% wage hike for elected leaders. The supervisors initially rejected the increase, but then accepted it because it was in the certified fiscal year 2006 budget. The supervisors went on to require elected leaders and non-union employees to pay for part of their health insurance.