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Supes Blast Critics While Approving Raises

Nevada County Supervisors have unanimously approved a new compensation formula, which includes a series of raises. And it also gave them an opening to respond to yearlong harsh criticism from certain members of the community. The target salary for Board members is being established at 40-percent of the average pay of the six county elected officials. But the increase will be in three phases, going up from 32 to 35-percent next March, 37-percent for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, and then 40-percent by the following fiscal year. Their current annual pay is around 59-thousand dollars. Supervisors made clear that this is at least a full-time job and the increases will help attract a stronger field of candidates in the future. And then Supervisor Hardy Bullock took the opportunity to lash out, after the Board received a recall notice earlier in the meeting and heard several more hours of blowback during public comment periods…

click to listen to Hardy Bullock

Supervisor Heidi Hall says she’s been most disturbed about what she calls the misinformation that the same people have been saying, for months, about the Board’s handling of the pandemic…

click to listen to Heidi Hall

A recent survey shows Board salaries were found to be 25-percent below the average of comparable counties in the region. Also, starting in March, the Vice Chairperson of the Board will be compensated at two-and-a-half percent of the annual salary. The Chair’s compensation will stay at five-percent.

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