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.