Supervisors approve 2 percent raise for elected officials

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved a 2 percent salary raise for county elected officials, including themselves, at a meeting Tuesday.

The approval came after the compensation board recently recommended a 3 percent raise for the county treasurer, attorney, auditor/recorder, sheriff and the three supervisors.

Supervisor Denny Grabenbauer made the motion for the 2 percent raise and said the raise is in line with other county staff and union negotiations for this year.

“I’m trying to keep everything uniform,” Grabenbauer said.

Supervisor Deane Adams originally gave a motion to stick with the 3 percent recommendation saying it was fair, but it was not seconded by any other supervisor.

“That 3 percent is not going to break us,” Adams said.

Adams voted in approval of the 2 percent raise, which received a “no” vote from Supervisors Chair Dave Thompson, but still passed 2-1.

Thompson said his vote was more of a “protest vote” after Grabenbauer and Adams approved it, since the vote didn’t matter. He said he was protesting a flawed compensation system that doesn’t take into account the benefit package provided by the county.

“It only takes into consideration salaries and not into consideration the total compensation package and I feel the law is flawed,” Thompson said.

In other action from the meeting, the board approved the leasing of the county farmland in the vicinity of the jail. A bid of $380 an acre per year was approved from Lee Smith of Marshalltown. The lease agreement is good for two years and will pay the county $87,400 a year. This is down from the bid for the last two years of $430 an acre. The supervisors expected a lower bid for the acreage due to lower commodity prices.

“It’s pretty much what we expected,” Thompson said.

The supervisors contemplated selling the farmland last year to pay for future bridge projects, but opted for the continued income from leasing it.