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Woodbury County Courthouse exterior

The Woodbury County Courthouse, which opened in March 1918 at 620 Douglas St., houses courtrooms and most county departments.

Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | At a meeting Monday, Woodbury County's Compensation Board will recommend the salaries to be paid to nine Woodbury County elected officials in the next fiscal year that begins July 1.

Iowa law specifies that county compensation boards meet annually to recommend salaries for elected officials. Woodbury County's panel will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the county courthouse, 620 Douglas St.

The board will discuss recommendations of salaries that would be paid to the five members of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, county sheriff, auditor, treasurer and attorney.

The supervisors will take action on the proposal later, with three options:  approving the recommended increases, giving no raises or making reductions. That must be done by March 15, which is the deadline for the supervisors to set the 2017-18 year budget. The supervisors are handling details in setting a budget that could total about $53 million.

The current annual pay for the officials includes $39,461 for supervisors chairman Matthew Ung, $33,151 each for the remaining supervisors, $120,805 for attorney P.J. Jennings, $100,033 for Sheriff Dave Drew, $84,624 for auditor Pat Gill and $82,115 for treasurer Mike Clayton.

Depending upon financial circumstances in recent years, the supervisors in setting the final budget have varied differently on whether to ultimately give raises.

Last year, the compensation board proposed 5 percent raises for all the county elected officials. The supervisors defeated a vote on that recommendation, then on a 4-1 vote approved a 3 percent raise for themselves and the county attorney, auditor, sheriff and treasurer.

Two years ago, the elected officials received 2.5 percent raises.

Three years ago, the board proposed no raises for the county supervisors but recommended 2 percent raises to the county attorney, sheriff, treasurer and auditor. The supervisors in March 2014 unanimously voted to not give raises to any of the nine county elected officials.


County and education reporter

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