Clay County Commission salary increases, end of term limits set for November ballot

Zoey Fields

Clay County commissioners unanimously approved the Charter Review Commission’s final report for proposals to be placed on the November ballot during their Tuesday meeting. Citizens will now be voting on a salary increase for county commissioners and the elimination of term limits for constitutional officers.

The Charter Review Commission is appointed by county commissioners to their role on the review commission. The 15-person group is responsible for proposing changes to county government, how it should operate as well as offering suggestions and revisions to the county commissioners in a final report.

Over the course of its deliberations, the members of the review commission developed a list of issues it deemed worthy of its discussion and study for possible proposals as ballot measures for consideration by the county’s voters.

View the full, 14-item list here in section two of the CRC Final Report.

County commissioners have a current salary of $37,000 per year. The new proposal would allow citizens to vote on whether commissioners deserve a cost-of-living increase in their salary.

This cost of living adjustment would be based on the Consumer Price Index each year – ultimately adding a cumulative increase to the commissioners’ pay each year depending on the CPI rate.

The second item now on the November ballot is removing term limits for elected constitutional officers. Officeholders are currently allotted three, four-year terms. The Charter Review Commission is suggesting the removal of term limits, allowing officeholders to remain in their position for more than 12 years.

In the term limit proposal, the offices of sheriff, property appraiser, tax collector, clerk of the circuit court, and supervisor of elections would be affected.

Lastly, members of the Charter Review voted unanimously in their discussion and three public meetings, to change the appointment time for the CRC from four to eight years.

Members explained during their final meeting that the increase in time allotted to working on the commission would be beneficial to their role as appointed members, and those in the future.

County Commissioners made it official that all three CRC proposals will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. The commission was required to take a vote on the proposals for the upcoming ballot, but the commissioners could not change the proposals approved by the charter commission, nor insert their own suggestions.

The proposals were approved for the ballot on a unanimous voice vote and without further debate. To view the CRC’s final report in full, click here.
Clay County voters will see three new ballot items during the Nov. election based on the Charter Review Commission's suggestions.Clay County Government

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