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County board approves pay raises; doubles salary for board chair

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WAUSAU — Annual salaries for members of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors will go up next year, with the steepest increase granted to the next board chair.

The measure, which passed Tuesday by a 27-6 margin, more than doubles the salary for the board chair and gives smaller increases to other board members. Starting April 17, 2018, the board chair’s annual salary will increase from $14,919 to $30,000. Current chair Kurt Gibbs was among the 27 members who voted in favor of the raise, which will not take effect until after the next election.

Supervisors Katie Rosenberg, Sherry Abitz, Matt Bootz, Jeff Zriny, Jim Schaefer and Allen Opall voted against the resolution.

Joel Lewis was listed as absent and not excused from Tuesday’s meeting, though Lewis tells Wausau Pilot and Review that his absence was due to a work meeting he had alerted Gibbs to more than a week ago. Lewis said he has reached out to officials to have the unexcused absence corrected.

Four additional supervisors were noted as absent, but excused: Kurt Kluck, Randy Fifrick, Chris Voll, and Tim Buttke, according to the Marathon County Clerk’s office. All other supervisors voted in favor of the pay raise, which was recommended by the county’s human resources, finance and property committee.

The resolution also includes two annual increases to salaries for board members, who currently earn $5,383 pear year. Under the terms of the plan, those salaries will increase by $106 per year on April 17 and increase again on Jan. 1, 2019 by $108 per year.

A new board will be elected April 3.

The voting roll, along with a copy of the full resolution, is embedded below.

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9 Comments

  1. And WHY the doubling of the calary for a board chair….When soldiers who risk thier lives for YOUR freedom get Paid a hell of a lot less!?!? Just sayin’ the board members don’t risk anything compared to soldiers, police, ems and Fire.

  2. Don’cha just LOVE people who can (and do) vote their own wages/pay increases? It’s truly sickening how something like this is allowed to happen, yet this asinine wheel tax that somehow mysteriously will CONTINUE INDEFINITELY……WITHOUT ANY VOTER INPUT! WTF? But hey, when that county wheel rape…..oops, “tax” puts an estimated $2.9 million into the coffee and donut fund, a 100% pay raise for the chair is a mere pittance. These idiots should be tarred and feathered…for starters. Yup, I’m TOTALLY serious. What an absolute disgrace.

  3. I would like to know in what other organization or place of employment, your salary can be doubled…..unless you are a crook or have crooks running the place, such as the obscene salaries of CEO’s for example. This is an outrage. Your salaries should be determined by the public, not by yourselves. Isn’t this a conflict of interest??? The law needs to be changed. You don’t determine your own salary…..the taxpayers do.

  4. The raises are approved for after the next county board elections, so if someone does not run or are defeated in the election the new supervisor would get the raise, thus they did not vote for a raise for themselves, However the majority will stay in office and get the raise. The Chairman of the Board, if elected is elected by the County Board, however if you are an Supervisor and do not want to be on the outside looking in, you support the current chairman. No term limits on how often you can hold the Chair or vice chair position. Not sure why we need a Administrator, asst Administrator, and a 30 hour a week Chairman

    • Holli, DUH! If you voted for the pay increase and you were reelected you voted for your own raise. Do you want me to step through that for your again?

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