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Lane County Commissioners give themselves a raise

Commissioners voted to approve a two percent cost of living raise during their Wednesday afternoon meeting.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2018 6:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Commissioners will recieve a two percent pay raise each of the next two years after a vote on Wednesday afternoon.

That vote allows commissioners to receive a pay increase of roughly $3,400 over the next two years.

It passed with a 3-2 vote, with only Commissioners Williams and Farr opposing.

The pay increase raises their annual salary from roughly $84,000 this year to just over $88,000 in 2020.

Lane County officials said this is a process that the Elected Officials Compensation Board goes through before every November election.

That board is made up of members of the public who are typically human resources directors or workers.

They use this same process to evaluate the pay of all county employees.

When it comes to recommending pay raises, they compare that employee's total compensation -- salary, paid leave and health benefits -- to that of five counties in Oregon that are similar in size.

Those counties are Clackamas, Deschutes, Marion, Jackson and Washington counties.

Officials said the pay raise decided by commissioners on Wednesday is the same percentage as other county staff members.

County officials said the public is always welcome to be a part of this process and can attend any Elected Officials Compensation Board and Budget Committee meetings.

Meeting notices are always posted in advance to allow the public to attend.

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