MADISON, Wis. - Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said that while he can't veto pay raises the board passed last week, he will reject his own.
Parisi said Wednesday in a memo to the Dane County Board of Supervisors that he is vetoing the portion of Ordinance Amendment 52 that would increase the salary of the county executive, the seat that Parisi holds, over the next four years.
He said he wouldn't veto the full amendment, which also raises wages for county elected officials, as the majority that voted in OA 52 means the county executive can't veto it.
"While I do not agree with their proposal to increase the wages of county elected officials, I do not have the ability to stop it from going into effect," Parisi wrote.
Parisi said he was vetoing his portion of the salary because he believes "it's the right thing to do given the uncertain times in which we live."
The board's pay raises will be phased in over the next three years. Supervisors will see their pay go up $3,000. Parisi's salary would have increased by $11,000 over the same period.
Removing the county executive's portion, the raises will take a total of about $89,000 out of the county budget.
County board chairwoman Sharon Corrigan told News 3 last week that the supervisors' pay hadn't increased since 2008, while the county executive's salary is $25,000 more now than it was in 2008.
According to the memo:
- Board supervisors receive an annual salary of $8,200 in 2016; it would increase to $10,900 in 2020.
- The county board chairperson's annual of $37,000 in 2016 would increase to $51,500 in 2020.
- Parisi's position, the county executive, would increase from $134,218.79 in 2016 to $144,920 in 2020.