Calling their position “a public service,” the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted to keep their salaries the same for the next term.
The vote set the Commissioners’ salaries at $26,000 for 2021 and 2022, down slightly from the $26,095 they’ve received since 2015. The Board Chair will continue to receive an additional $1,000 for extra duties required of that position.
“This board is committed to keeping property taxes as low as possible, and to do that we have to hold the line on salaries, including our own,” said Sarpy County Board Chair Don Kelly. “Our compensation package, including benefits and wages, is more than fair. I’m proud that we’re lowering our salaries while other counties are approving large increases.”
The board also set the salary for the Sarpy County Public Defender, who will receive $147,611.77 in 2021 and 2022, and $149,087.89 in 2023 and 2024.
State law requires the Board to set the salaries for all county offices before Jan. 15 of the year in which elections are held to fill those offices. Three seats on the County Board and the Public Defender will be on the ballot in November 2020.