(KMOV) – The St. Charles County Council has plans to bump up pay for members of the county’s citizen boards.
There are 16 county citizens’ boards with a total of 143 members, but only three boards get paid. Those paychecks range from $50 to $150 a month. Twenty board members will be affected by the pay hike.
Long-time council member Joe Brazil is in favor of an increase. “Let's face it if you're getting fifty dollars a month that takes three to four hours and then you're going to drive in there and suit up and everything else is it really worth fifty dollars...come on,” said Brazil.
But Brazil and other board members also say the pay should come only if board members attend meetings.
“we had a lot of attendance problems when I was an alderman and one of the ways we solved the problem on these boards is you don't get paid if you don't show up,” said Joe Cronin.
County officials say the Board of Equalization at $500 is the busiest of the boards, at times.
“That's one of those jobs they're probably a little overpaid on some years where you don't have reassessments but then on the next year they're grossly underpaid cause every other year they have to spend a lot of time,” said Steve Ehlmann.
No final decision has been made on this matter just yet. The county will research nearby communities to see what they’re paid. The issue could come up again at the next meeting in mid-December.