Members of the three Hall County boards will get raises in January: the Board of Equalization, Planning Commission and Board of Elections and Voter Registration.
As part of a package of actions combined into one vote, the Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to raise the per-meeting pay for each member of the boards to $125. The raises take effect in January.
In addition to the Board of Tax Assessors, the pay of which wasn’t changed on Tuesday, the three boards are Hall County’s only paid boards other than the commission itself.
Up to now, members of the boards have been paid different, lesser amounts, according to Hall County Human Resources:
- Board of Equalization: $80 per meeting, 13 members
- Planning Commission: $75 per meeting, five members
- Board of Elections and Voter Registration: $70 per meeting, five members
Pay in other counties for equivalent has outpaced what Hall County offers appointed members. Raising the per-meeting pay to $125 would put Hall at about the same pay rates as Cherokee County, which has about the same population as Hall County.
The county budgets $34,760 to pay members of the three boards each year, but actual pay varies from year to year depending on the workload of committees and the number of members, according to Bill Moats, the county’s human resources director. The raises would bring the county’s budget for board pay to $57,500.