Madera County supervisors have decided, as a group, to forego an automatic 1.4% salary increase, which each of the five members were due to receive because their pay is tied to state Superior Court judges.
The board made the decision in closed session at its Dec. 10 meeting. It announced it in a Monday news release from board Chair Max Rodriguez.
Like Fresno County, supervisors salaries in Madera County are, by policy, tied to those of state Superior Court Judges. Last month, the Judicial Council of California announced that judges would receive the 1.4% salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2013.
But unlike Fresno, the Madera board made a collective decision to reject the raise.
"Our board has an obligation to lead by example," Rodriguez said in the release. "Finances remain tight and it's simply not the right time."
Madera County supervisors currently receive an annual salary of $71,515. If the Board elected to take the automatic increase, their annual salary would equate to $72,516.
In Fresno County, by comparison, only Supervisor Andreas Borgeas thus far has said he will not accept the 1.4% raise. As with Madera County, Fresno County's supervisor pay also is tied to the Superior Court judges.
Other than Supervisor Judy Case, who voluntarily continued a 7% pay cut and makes $99,463, Fresno County supervisors make $107,273 annually. The board chairman, which rotates among the members, makes $120,682.