Supervisors vote to forgo their raises in next budget year

January 23, 2020 GMT

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — A board of supervisors in southeast Iowa has voted to forgo pay raises in the next budget year, citing budget constraints.

The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reported that the Lee County supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday — with one member absent — to pass on the 3% pay increase recommended by the county compensation board or accept the 2% hike that was included in the preliminary 2020-21 budget.

Board Chairman Ron Fedler said he’d like the money to go to Lee County’s five libraries.

“I would forfeit the 2% and have it go to the libraries. That’s about $600 for each of them. It’s a good compromise,” Fedler said. “Libraries benefit everyone.”

Directors of the five public libraries asked supervisors for an additional $10,000 in county funding at the board’s Jan. 14 meeting. The five libraries got $2,000 each from the county in the last budget.