By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
The Huron Township Board of Trustees will vote during Wednesday evening’s meeting whether or not to approve a recommendation to increase the salaries of the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer.
The recommendations come from a Compensation Commission that was first appointed by the board during the October 22, 2014 meeting, and were decided during a commission meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 following five official meetings.
During the Feb. meeting, the commission voted to recommend an 8.6% increase in compensation to the Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer.
The Compensation Commission is made up of five members: Jennifer Bowler-Minton, Tom Chiles, Christine Gamber-McLenon, David Jackson and Ted Pappas.
Jackson, Pappas and Bowler-Minton voted yes during the Feb. 10 meeting for a salary raise recommendation, while Chiles and Gamber-McLenon voted no.
The options for a salary increase, according to the commission, were based upon the Social Security cost of living adjustments with a choice of possible reduction percentages of 20 percent, 40 precent or 60 percent.
The commission decided to use the reduction factor of 40 percent, resulting in a proposed 8.6 percent increase.
If the board approves the recommendation, the Supervisor position will see a salary increase of $5,620, while the Clerk and Treasurer will see an increase of $4,496.
According to the commission, based upon comparisons of other communities, the Trustees will remain at their current salary.
The commission had no authority or ability decrease the compensation for current elected officials.
The board may accept or reject, in whole or in part, the recommendations of the commission.
The commission will reconvene in 2017 for further discussion on the matter.
The Board of Trustees meets at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive, New Boston, MI, 48164. Meetings are broadcast on Charter Cable public access 187.