By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS - Work on Iron County's 2013 budget continued at the Iron County Board of Commissioners' Tuesday meeting.
The proposed budget is $5,307,873.
During the meeting, commissioners discussed adopting a two percent pay raise for all elected and appointed officials and reducing salaries for the two newly-elected county officials - the treasurer and register of deeds.
County Administrator Sue Clisch informed the board that the estimated cost of the two percent raise, not including benefits, is $42,204. The proposed budget can be adjusted to accommodate the raise, she added.
Salaries for each official will be listed in the final budget.
The board approved the raise, which will be effective Jan. 1.
Then, civil counsel Steve Tinti advised the board that it cannot legally reduce salaries for elected county positions either during a term or after Nov. 1 before the start of a term. This practice ensures that the results of an election for a certain position do not influence the position's salary, he explained.
However, Clisch noted that in the past, the board has voted on pay changes after the Nov. 1 deadline.
Board Chair Wayne Wales made a motion for the board to go on record saying that it is not in favor of reducing salaries for the two newly-elected county officials or for any other elected county official.
The board approved.
The 2013 budget will go up for final approval at the board's next meeting on Dec. 11. Copies of the budget will be available in the county clerk's office for inspection.
In other business, the board:
- Tabled action on funding for the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) director position until January when the new board will be seated.
- Heard from Mike Erdman of Michigan State University Extension that Iron County will have a new part-time 4-H program coordinator. Nick Baumgart will split his time between Iron County and Dickinson County. Iron County also receives the educator services of Rebecca Krans, Erdman added.
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