FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors have received a 1.83 percent raise, boosting their annual base salaries to $97,843.
The Board of Supervisors in 1997 tied the base salary for its members to a percentage of the salary of a Superior Court judge, with the amount set at 53 percent. California recently raised the salary for judges.
“It was a modest adjustment, less than our employees,” County Administrator Birgitta Corsello said Tuesday.
Most county employees will receive a 2 percent raise in October for the second consecutive year under union contracts.
The state made the salary increase for judges retroactive to July 1. Solano County made the salary increase for the Board of Supervisors take effect July 20, after the county received notification of the judge salary increase.
“We don’t do retroactive,” Corsello said.
Supervisors also receive a $10,400 annual auto allowance and are eligible for longevity pay tied to their years of public service that can amount to several thousand dollars annually for long-time supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors salary during the Great Recession remained at $94,758. Supervisors received their first pay raise in six years in late December 2013, a 1.4 percent increase that made their base annual salary $96,085.
Solano County doesn’t typically make a public announcement of increases to the Board of Supervisors salary and it didn’t do so this year.
Various other California counties also tie board of supervisors salaries to some percentage of the Superior Court judge salary, including neighboring Napa County. But Napa County supervisors vote to make changes to the county salary table and index reflecting the raises at a public meeting.
The Napa Board of Supervisors did so most recently at its Aug. 19 meeting. It changed its salary table to reflect the 1.83 percent salary increase as part of its consent calendar, without discussion. Napa County has about one-third the population of Solano County. Its supervisors earn about $86,900 annually.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors in 1997 set its pay at 46 percent of a Superior Court judge salary, ending the practice of voting for the increases itself. The board in 2001 raised this to 53 percent of a judge’s salary and got rid of an auto allowance of several thousand dollars annually. During a 2007 budget session, the board added back the auto allowance, this time at $10,400 annually.
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