FAIRFIELD — Solano County supervisors will apparently once again discuss whether they should reduce their salaries and benefits.
Supervisor Skip Thomson at the end of Tuesday’s meeting asked that the item be on the agenda for a future meeting. The board announced no date.
County supervisors make a base pay of $95,123 annually and get an auto allowance of more than $10,000 annually. Some supervisors who have been in office long enough make longevity pay of several thousand dollars annually. The Board of Supervisors doesn’t vote on salary increases, but has its salary tied to a percentage of California superior court judge salaries.
Thomson said he understands from county counsel that it would take a 5-0 vote of the board to reduce supervisor salaries.
“I’ll tell you right now I’m not going to support it, so maybe there’s no need to take it further,” Supervisor Jim Spering said.
Thomson said he wants to take the issue further anyway.
“Jim, I ran a campaign on this very issue and I’d like to have the public weigh in,” said Thomson, who was elected in June 2012 and took office in January.
Thomson proposed no specific amount to cut salaries. He previously said that supervisors should lead and cut their own salaries and benefits before asking employees to take further cuts to help balance the budget.
The Board of Supervisors in June 2011 discussed cutting supervisor salaries by 10 percent. It fell short of the unanimous vote needed to make the cut a reality, with Supervisor Linda Seifert and then-Supervisors Barbara Kondylis and Mike Reagan voting yes and Jim Spering and Supervisor John Vasquez voting no.
Instead, supervisors decided to voluntarily cut 10 percent from the budget they receive for their individual district departments. For example, Seifert, Reagan and Vasquez cut their auto allowances and Spering cut his travel budget.
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