CALDWELL — Canyon County Commissioners might get another salary bump in 2019.
According to documents provided to the Idaho Press, Canyon County commissioners are considering a 2 percent cost of living raise for each commissioner, as well as 3 to 5 percent salary increases for office staff. Approval of the 2 percent raise would bring commissioner salaries up to $94,501 for fiscal year 2019.
Last year, county commissioners Tom Dale and Pam White voted to approve a budget for fiscal year 2018 that included significant raises for their offices and other elected officials. Commissioners voted to raise their own salaries from $83,601 to $92,648 last year, saying it would help attract the "best people" to the office.
Rule, who opposed raises for elected officials last year, expressed his disagreement over this year's proposed salary increase in an email to elected officials that was also sent to the Idaho Press.
"It is my sincere belief that the current salary is more than adequate to recruit good candidates to run for the County Commissioner offices," Rule wrote in the email. "The compensation plus benefits package is more than fair. I do not support more dollars being added to the current salaries for the office of County Commissioner."
County commissioners approved a $95 million budget in a 2-1 vote just last month, which included a $52 million total property tax request. Commissioners also allocated a $2.3 million forgone property tax increase to lease temporary jail trailers for female inmates starting next summer.
County spokesman Joe Decker said the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to formally approve the salaries on Friday, Sept. 21.