Clay County resident Chad Scott brought forth several reasons Thursday why he thinks county supervisors in Mississippi should not receive a cost of living adjustment, which some county supervisors are requesting from state legislators.
Several Clay County supervisors met last week with the Mississippi Association of Supervisors to discuss asking state lawmakers to grant county supervisors a cost of living adjustment, which supervisors have not received in nearly a decade.
Clay County District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes asked Scott why, after ten years without a raise, he feels supervisors are not entitled to a pay increase.
âI think the current amount theyâre making is just compensation for the job they do,â Scott said. âIf you look at the past ten years the economy hasnât really improved in Clay County. Itâs probably done the opposite. Therefore if the money is not there I just donât see where you would get the initiative or the money or whatever to get a raise.â
âI disagree,â Deanes said.
Scott asked supervisors to compare their salaries with the salaries of big farmers in Clay County, whom Scott referred to as âthe most valuable citizens in Clay Countyâ, some of whom he says donât make very much but provide invaluable services.
âWe canât make it without them,â Scott said.
He also expressed that the property of county supervisors out West is âtied up in federal landâ, which he said doesnât allow them to tax that property for their local county roll.
âYou can imagine the problem that creates, and I doubt, knowing the rural areas that theyâre in, they make as much money as you,â he said.
Yet another thing Scott pointed to was his belief that the dollar is inflating rapidly.
âAs long as we have people who are getting these automatic cost of living adjustments it will be hard to get the American people to grasp and deal with the issue of inflation,â Scott said. âWhy are you all having to get a cost of living adjustment because our dollar is not worth as much as it used to be because weâre printing too many dollars.â
Board President Luke Lummus said about three years ago the board did give county employees a three percent raise across the board and said even if the board had the power to do so he would not vote for a raise for himself without other county employees receiving a raise as well. Still, he said, the state is mindful of how long itâs been since supervisors across the state received a pay adjustment, and MAS will take this issue to state legislators.
âWe are in a better position now where itâs going to help us economically â our totally assessed valuation is the only way the Board of Supervisorâs salary is paid, and that is handed down from the state law statute,â Lummus said. âWe have done everything in our power here in the county where we can compete economically in a better way now. We have some big things ahead of us, and itâs going to help everybody involved.â