Most of us wish we could give ourselves pay raises. That would be the life.
Relatively few people get that opportunity, at least when it comes to giving themselves raises from the public honey pot. Members of Congress can do it, and so can members of our county Board of Supervisors. Our supervisors sometimes do just that. They did it last week.
The latest one was a 3 percent raise. It certainly isn't as outrageous as in 1991, when supervisors increased their annual salaries by half, going from paying themselves $31,236 each year to $47,222 annually. While that was a boldly self-serving move, that was a different group of supervisors in a different time.
We do not begrudge our current supervisors their relatively minor raise, particularly after doing so only after all other county employees got their own salary increases. Still, we could live without supervisors grandstanding about how magnanimous they are in only giving themselves raises only after everyone else in the county government was given a salary increase.