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Supes turn down raise-for now 

SLO County supervisors voted not to give themselves a raise but still have their sights set on a better compensation package.

The vote was unanimous to turn down a $3,505 salary and benefit increase. Public input was relatively scarce and only one person spoke to the issue.

“The [current] economic times, I don’t think call for an increase at this point,” Richard Margetson said.

And the board agreed. “I’m not supporting this during good times, obviously I will not support it now,” Supervisor Katcho Achadjian said.

Although there was consensus not to accept a raise this year, board members believed they were getting burned when it comes to total compensation.

Supervisor salaries, like other county employees, are based on the “prevailing wage” of comparable counties. But supervisors complained that only the salary portion of their compensation stays on par with other counties while all other forms of payment generally fall below the curve. They asked county administrative staff to come back next year with a revised county ordinance that would take a broader look at how much compensation supervisors are entitled to.

—Colin Rigley

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