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AGO Opinions with Topic: AUTHORITY TO FIX SALARIES OF COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS
AGO 1973 No. 20 >  September 20, 1973
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTIES - SALARIES - AUTHORITY TO FIX SALARIES OF COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTIES ‑- SALARIES ‑- AUTHORITY TO FIX SALARIES OF COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS (1) Chapter 88, Laws of 1973, Ex. Sess., authorizes the legislative authorities of all classes of counties to increase or decrease the salaries of those county officers whose salaries are fixed by its provisions. (2) Under Article XXX, § 1 (Amendment 54) of the state Constitution, prohibiting mid-term salary increases for elective and appointive officers who fix their own compensation, a board of county commissioners or other legislative authority may not grant a mid-term increase in compensation to its own members under chapter 88, Laws of 1973, Ex. Sess. (3) A board of county commissioners or other legislative authority exercising the powers granted by chapter 88, Laws of 1973, Ex. Sess., is effectively authorized by this chapter to fix the salaries of its other elective officials at or above their current levels by an ordinance adopted prior to January 1, 1974, but it may not reduce any of those salaries below those levels. (4) After January 1, 1974, a board of county commissioners or other county legislative authority which by inaction has simply allowed the new salary levels fixed by the legislature to take effect most likely will not be able then to roll those salaries back to their prior levels in the case of any county elective officials then serving ‑ except on a basis which will cause those salary decreases not to take effect until the commencement of the next ensuing terms of the respective county officers.
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