Several elected DuPage County officials could get pay bumps over the next two years to keep them in line with what other officials receive.
The county board next month is expected to set pay scales for the auditor, coroner, recorder, circuit court clerk and six county board members for the fiscal years 2017 through 2020. The key issue is whether those officials — all of whom are up for election in November — should get 2 percent pay raises for fiscal 2017, which starts Dec. 1, and for fiscal 2018.
Supporters say the raises are appropriate because the board agreed two years ago to give 2 percent salary increases during each of those two years to the county’s other elected officials.
“The question is, do we keep everybody the same so that all the board members are making the same?” board member Brian Krajewski said during a Tuesday finance committee meeting.
A majority of the Downers Grove Village Council supports a facilities overhaul plan that will largely address the needs of the police station, while delaying long-term solutions for the village hall.
Village staff presented two more facility plans at the April 19 council meeting, after presenting three plans with cost estimatesduring the March 1 meeting.
“What we heard quite literally from the council last month is the options should address the needs of the police station and should remain entirely within the $16 million total project budget,” Deputy Village Manager Michael Baker said.
A majority of the council liked “Option 4,” which would include an addition and interior renovations to the police station and short-term maintenance to the village hall. The plan is estimated to cost $15.1 million.
A 13,200-square-foot addition would be built to the south of the police station and address most of the department’s stated operational deficiencies, including more private interview areas, larger lockers, and more space for investigations and evidence storage.
Most of the commissioners said that they are willing to allow the village to further explore this plan, as long as the police department is happy with it.
“From the beginning of this, I’ve said that taking care of the police station is my top priority, and ‘Option 4’ gets that done,” Commissioner Greg Hose said.
Mayor Martin Tully said the plan does nothing to solve the village hall problems, but he believes it is best to treat the police station and village hall as separate projects so they can make progress on some of the renovations.