Contra Costa County Board of Supes set to decide whether to give itself a $32,000 per year raise

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Supervisors unanimously vote to rescind the 33-percent they gave themselves
(From left to right) John Gioia (District 1); Marcy Piepho (D3); Karen Mitchoff (D4); Federal Glover (D5); Candace Andersen (D2).

Today, members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors are set to decide whether to increase their annual salaries from $97,483 to $129,227 per year, a hike of about 33 percent.

If an ordinance is approved, on Jan.5 next year each supervisor will be paid $10,769 monthly, marking the Board of Supervisors’ first salary increase since 2007.

Going forward, the ordinance would also require the supervisors’ salaries to remain about 70-percent of what Contra Costa County Superior Court judges earn.

While the pay increase seems large, some county officials say it is long overdo.

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Some union heads are reportedly opposed to the salary increase. The only supervisor to vote against a proposed increase was Candace Andersen, who told CBS News that she would feel more comfortable with a 2 or 3 percent increase.

“We lead by example, and I’ve spent the last two and a half years saying to employees, ‘I can’t compare our salaries for you…to some of these larger counties because we’re just in a different situation’,” she told CBS.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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