Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz proposed to the Board of Supervisors  increasing the pay rate for county election officials by 2.5% to match the raise that other county workers have received, including elected officials.  The Supervisors acted on that proposal and voted for the pay increase at their June 23rd meeting.

Starting on July 1, 2011 precinct chairs will earn $8.71 per hour, up from $8.50 per hour.  Other precinct officials will earn $7.73 per hour, up from $7.50 per hour.  The current minimum wage is $7.50 per hour.

“Most of our precinct election officials work because they believe in democracy and are willing to essentially volunteer their time,” Moritz said.  “But we have to consider the long hours they work and the sometimes less than cooperative people they encounter.  Scott County receives a huge benefit from our precinct workers for not much money.  Most major Iowa counties pay more than we do.  It is the least we can do to match the pay increase that county elected officials will receive,” she said.

Although state law requires County Auditors to supervise precinct election officials, the power to set pay rates for those officials rest with the County Board of Supervisors.  The only limit set by state law is that the workers must be paid at least the minimum wage.