Polk Co. Elected Officials Getting Fifth Raise in Five Years

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Elected officials in Polk County will get a 2.5% raise for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the fifth raise for elected officials in five years.

Polk County Supervisors passed the salary increase earlier this month as part of a $257 million budget. The raise will their salaries up to a little more than $107,000.

The highest paid county official is Polk County Attorney John Sarcone, he’ll make nearly $185,000. Polk county Sheriff William McCarthy will make nearly $153,000.

State Senator Tony Bisagnano says the system needs to be more transparent. He’s proposed a bill that would force elected officials to vote on a salary increase in a separate resolution rather than putting it the annual budget.

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