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COLA adjustments at county, by the numbers

May 1, 2013 by

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a cost of living increase (COLA) for all elected county officials.

The commissioners took action at their Wednesday, April 17, regular session, approving a 2.6 percent cost-of-living increase for the elected county officials.  Commissioner Ken Kestner noted that this figure serves as the baseline point for labor union negotiations, which commenced in recent weeks. Elected positions and their salaries are available on the county’s web site.  These positions include the tax assessor, county commissioners, clerk, surveyor, treasurer and the sheriff.

The district attorney position is elected by the voters of Lake County, noted Lake County Treasurer Ann Crumrine, but is paid by the State of Oregon.

Under the approved COLA adjustment, the tax assessor’s salary (currently $48,751) would increase to about $50,018.

The three county commissioners are currently earning $48,744, and with the adjustment would increase to about $50,012.

The county clerk’s base salary currently stands at $48,745, and would increase to about $50,012, while the sheriff’s salary (currently $60,157) would increase to about $61,721.

The surveyor position salary currently is $5,503, and would increase to about $5,646, and the treasurer’s salary (currently $48,745) would increase to about $50,012.

A complete listing of county employee salaries is listed online at http://www.lakecountyor.org/government/docs/Fiscal_Year_Reporting_Wages_2012.pdf.

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