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posted: 9/21/2012 4:43 PM

Grant Township board to discuss increasing salaries for elected officials

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Grant Township trustees will discuss whether to the increase salaries of elected officials during a special board meeting Monday night.

Supervisor Kay Starostovic said trustees began discussing the issue during the previous meeting on Sept. 17, but couldn't make a final decision. The special meeting was scheduled to ensure the final decision is made prior to the deadline, she added.

Under law, new salaries for elected officials must be approved 180 days before an election, and must remain in place for at least four years. Any change in salaries would apply to candidates elected next spring.

The township has until Nov. 21 to decide whether to raise annual salaries paid to the township supervisor, trustees, clerk, assessor and highway supervisor, Starostovic said

"We haven't been able to decide whether to increase salaries at this point or not," she said. "We are kind of torn on the idea."

All township positions received a salary increase four years ago, she said.

Currently, Starostovic is paid $70,000 for serving as the full-time supervisor, and she receives a $1,000 stipend for acting as the Grant Township Highway Department treasurer.

The full-time township road commissioner makes $76,000, while the full-time township assessor makes $70,000.

The township clerk makes $19,000 in a part-time capacity, while township trustees are paid $6,000 for their part-time roles.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Grant Township Administration Building, 26725 W. Molidor Road, in the upstairs conference room.

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