DuPage Board Increases Salaries

At their latest meeting, the DuPage County Board voted to freeze board members’ salaries for two years and then to increase them starting in fiscal year 2017.

The group also voted to increase the pay of the board chairman, regional superintendent of schools, treasurer, clerk, and sheriff.

All will see a 2% rise in both fiscal year 2017 and 2018.

The board also voted 13 to 4 to eliminate stipends for the
liquor commissioner, the secretary to the liquor commissioner, and the supervisor of safety.

Currently, board members earn $50,000, which will become $52,000 by 2018. The chairman, who earns just over $126,000, will then make $131,559.

Six members voted no to the board member raises, including Naperville representatives Tony Michelassi and Tonia Khouri, who voted no to all increases.

“This will be eight years since [county board members] have received an increase. However, this is my first term. I’m a first term county board member,” said Khouri. “I couldn’t support raises.”

Naperville’s other representative, Jim Healy voted to approve the hikes, which he feels are fair.

“We had reduced salaries over the times that economy was in bad shape. We understood that was what was needed at that time,” said Healy. “It is time now that we increase those a small bit and I think roughly one percent a year after eight years of not having any increases is acceptable.”

The changes will go into effect at the start of the county’s 2017 fiscal year, which begins on December 1, 2016.

The original vote was scheduled for the May 27 meeting, but was pushed because a resident said it conflicted with the open meetings act.

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