JOHNSON – Johnson County commissioners noted Tuesday that they earn as much as $10,000 less than their peers in neighboring counties and suggested seeking public input on possible pay raises.
Johnson County commissioners earn $15,704 per year, over $5,000 less than commissioners in Nemaha and Cass counties and over $10,000 less than $26,500 earned by each of the five commissioners in Otoe County.
Richardson County commissioners will earn $23,010 in 2018, about $7,000 more than a Johnson County commissioner earns now.
Pawnee County commissioners earned $19,500 last year.
At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners noted that the salary has increased about $900 over the past three years, but is not keeping pace with other counties.
Commissioner Scotty Gottula suggested a raise by dollar amount rather than percentage of current salary. Commissioners tabled the issue to provide time for public input.
Commissioners also considered updates to the county website. County Treasurer Nadine Beethe also presented the board with two proposals to update the county website.
One bid to revamp the website would cost $6,900 and have a monthly update fee of $1,392. The other bid was for $750 for the new website and $100 a month to maintain.
Commissioners accepted the bid by Ben Beethe of Morrissey, Morrissey and Dalluge.
Roger Huls met with commissioners about the possible need for a building inspector once the Niobium project at Elk Creek takes off. It was discussed that village boards and city councils could go together on building inspection.