If you pay them more, will they run?
The La Crosse County Board will debate the idea of raising its own pay by about $300 a month, to attract new candidates.
Most board members get paid $417 per month for their service now, and that amount has changed little in the last decade.
At a 7:30 a.m. Executive Committee meeting Thursday, Board chair Tara Johnson said many people, who might like to run for a county board supervisor position, literally can’t afford to put in the time.
“If you are somebody who works in a job,” Johnson said, “where you can wear blue jeans and a T-shirt to work to earn your pay in that job, and have to buy a wardrobe that is suitable to serving on a county board, $400 a month doesn’t cut it.”
The chair also says some people in La Crosse might run for city council instead, because it pays more.
The raise will be debated at a November board meeting. If passed, it wouldn’t take effect until after the spring election next year.
The county executive committee turned down the idea of offering an extra $200 beyond that raise to county committee chairmen.