In January of 2015, the Douglas County Board voted and approved a 17% pay increase in 2017 and another 14% increase in 2018. That would bring their salaries from just over $37,300 in 2015 to just under $50,000 by 2018 – a more than 30% increase. Douglas County Commissioner Mike Boyle voted for the pay raise back in December but had a change of heart after receiving a couple of phone calls.
Commissioner Boyle says, “The second one was from a woman who has a relative who is a retired teamster and there are some very severe pension cuts coming down for the Teamsters because their fund is in trouble. So she mentioned that was a real problem for her relative. Then she mentioned that a neighbor was laid off by ConAgra. We visited further and when we hung up it really haunted me.”
Commissioner Boyle says that call made him wonder if they had done the right thing and he came to the conclusion they didn’t. Last Tuesday he put in a motion to rescind the raises and consider something much less expensive. He says a 3% increase is more in line and that would bring their salaries up to just over $40,700 by 2018. The Douglas County Board will vote on the change at their meeting on Tuesday, January 12th.