Take back my raise - and watch for updates
Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday voted to give back their 2008 raises ($2,372 each)and encouraged other elected officials to do likewise. They said it was the right thing to do considering they laid off workers and froze salaries for county employees in order to balance the 2008 budget. County officials all automatically get the raises, but can give it back to the county in the form of a gift.
The Enquirer polled other elected officials to find out if they would be willing to give their raises back. Here's the responses we recieved so far.
County Engineer William Brayshaw: no
County Clerk of Courts Greg Hartmann: yes
County Recorder Rebecca Prem Groppe: yes
Update: County Sheriff Simon Leis: yes
Update: County Auditor Dusty Rhodes: no
No response yet: Treasurer Rob Goering, Coroner O'dell Owens, Prosecutor Joe Deters.
We will update as responses come in.
Here's what they are making: