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Beltrami County Commissioners: Everyone else gets a raise, so we should, too

Beltrami County Commissioners voted themselves a raise Tuesday night. It’s only a 2.75 percent raise – brining their salary to  $20,247,48 for the part-time position — but it’s  coming on the heels of an expected loss of state aid, courtesy of the economic meltdown and the state deficit.

The Bemidji Pioneer noted that most other counties pay their commissioners more, including Hennepin County, the highest, at $90,276. Lowest is Lincoln County at $12,160.

Commissioner Jim Heltzer said the county board should raise its own salaries at the same pace as other county employees.

Newly elected Commissioner Jim Lucachick — who won’t take office until next year — is eligible for the raise, even though his campaign called for freezing commissioner salaries.

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