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Forum: Will County officials don’t need raises

Updated: June 5, 2014 6:49AM



An elected official is there to serve the people, not to put more money in his or her pocket at the expense of the taxpayer. I am opposed to a pay raise of any amount for any of the elected offices in Will County. The thought of a raise for elected office holders, including county board members, should be seen by the public as outrageous.

Comparing what Will County officials are paid with those in other counties is wrong. Because a neighboring county is not acting in the best interest of the taxpayer does not mean Will County needs to do the same. By not giving raises, Will County should become the model for doing the right thing.

There were six candidates in the March primary election for sheriff. I guess those six felt the pay was good enough to spend time and money to try to be elected. I don’t see any office having a problem being filled. That’s a good indicator that the pay and benefits are sufficient.

If county officials’ raises are based on what other counties do, you create a vicious cycle — Will County officials get a raise so Kane County feels they have to follow suit and so does another county. This is not good for the taxpayer. It just keeps raising the bar to higher pay levels.

Steve Balich

Will County Board member

Homer Glen



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