Commissioners OK raise for county elected officials
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Monday, January 28, 2013
1/28/13 at 1:44 PM
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The Tulsa County Commission voted 2-1 Monday to give the county's eight elected officials a 2 percent pay hike beginning in February.
County elected officials currently earn $100,387 a year. Their last raise was four years ago.
County Commissioners Fred Perry and Karen Keith voted in favor of the increase, and John Smaligo voted against.
The pay increase amounts to $2,007 a year. County elected officials currently earn $100,387 a year.
They are also eligible for a car allowance of up $600 a month and a cell phone reimbursement of up to $125.00 a month.
Monday's vote came a month after the Tulsa County Budget Board voted to give most county employees a 2 percent raise. The budget board made the raises retroactive to Dec. 1.
The budget board, which is made up of the eight elected officials or their designees, were deadlocked in December on whether to give elected officials a pay increase.
The board took up the issue again last week and vote 6-0 to recommend the pay increase. Smaligo and Assessor Ken Yazel were not present for the vote.
Under state law, Tulsa County elected officials were eligible for pay increases of up to 2.7 percent.
The elected officials salaries set using a formula created by the Legislature that includes population and ad valorem collections.
Keith said after the meeting that she would not accept the pay increase and will return it to the county's general fund.
She explained that she was ambivalent about the proposal but voted in favor of it because it was recommended by the budget board, which is made up of the county's eight elected officials.
Read more in Tuesday's Tulsa World.
Tulsa County Commissioners Karen Keith (left), John Smaligo and Fred Perry talk during an August 2012 meeting. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file