The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners gave themselves a 2 percent pay hike on Tuesday.
So their pay will go up next year to $84,048. The board chair will get $86,675.
Commissioners didn’t discuss the pay raise at Tuesday’s meeting; they just voted 6-1 to do it. Commissioner Janice Rettman — who’s been voting against pay hikes since her days as a St. Paul City Council member in the 1980s — was the lone no vote.
Last year, the board voted to decline a pay raise because of the economy. But in 2008 they got a whopping 25 percent raise.
The Star Tribune notes that the pay raise may become a campaign issue for the four commissioners seeking re-election this year: Toni Carter, Jim McDonough, Rafael Ortega and Rettman. McDonough and Rettman, however, are running unopposed.