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Supervisors OK own 3 percent raise

December 12, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county supervisors agreed to give themselves a 3 percent pay raise at the county board meeting Tuesday. The supervisors' new monthly salary of $4,051 is retroactive to June 1.

Supervisor Hank Kuiper said all county employees have had their pay raises. He said he would not otherwise accept a pay raise for himself without first taking care of the employees.

Supervisor Joe Maruca said campaigning for a board of supervisor seat can be expensive, adding it should not be available only to those who can afford it.

"I had an opponent who did a lot of spending. I would not have been able to afford this without my pension," Maruca, a retired schools superintendent, said.

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No one from the public addressed the supervisors about the raise.

Rules for crematoriums were updated at a public hearing of the county Air Pollution Control District Board.

The first rule defines crematoriums and pathological incinerators as different from commercial incinerators. The second rule adjusts fees for their use. There are two crematoriums in the county.

The board also approved:

· a $4,000 loan to the Niland Fire District to cover matching funds for a grant;

· attending the Border Trade Alliance conference Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Mexico City;

· travel expenses of $1,800 for Supervisor Tony Tirado and Director of Public Works Tim Jones to attend a North American Development Bank meeting Dec. 13 in San Antonio.

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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