By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Dec. 12, 2016
Updated:    Dec. 13, 2016 – 6:59 a.m.

In a nod to Riverside County’s ongoing financial challenges, a proposal before the county Board of Supervisors would have supervisors defer any pay raise they’re due to receive until 2019.

The proposal from Supervisor Marion Ashley is on the board’s agenda for Tuesday, Dec. 13. It follows remarks by Ashley at the board’s meeting last week in which he suggested the five elected supervisors defer their recent pay hikes.

On July 1, the supervisors – with the exception of Kevin Jeffries who has refused pay bumps since taking office in 2012 – automatically received a 1.36 percent raise, increasing their annual salaries to $153,289.

Their pay was bumped up after the state raised the pay of superior court judges. By law, supervisors’ base salaries are set at 80 percent of what a judge makes.

The raises, which happened without any public announcement, come as the county tries to convince unionized employees to go along with a five-year budget plan that calls for a tight lid on salary costs. Officials have said the county must hold the line on spending to rebuild reserves and to prevent new, ongoing costs from outpacing revenue growth.

A union official criticized the board for taking a raise while asking rank-and-file employees to do without. This year’s raise came a year after supervisors received a 2.4 percent pay hike.

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