By the edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves a salary increase last week.
The decision was 4-1 in favor of a measure that would increase their salaries by 5%. Supervisor Bob Nelson of District 4 in north county opposed.
According to county officials, the annual salary for Santa Barbara County is approximately $107,00. Their recent vote ensures the annual salary will increase to $112,452 (not including benefits) starting in September along with automatic maximum future increases of 5% per year.
Supervisor Das Williams stated the position is underpaid and commended said it’s only due to his wife’s financial contribution that he’s able to afford this job.
Supervisor Steve Lavagnino brought up the cost of housing as a challenge making it nearly impossible to live in the county on one salary.
The last time the Supervisors gave themselves a raise was in 2021 for 3%.