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Monroe increases salaries for clerk, registrars

April 1, 2019

MONROE — The town council voted to raise the salaries of both registrars of voters and the town clerk. First Selectman Kenneth Kellogg said it’s the first time the salaries have been raised in several years.

In a meeting last month, the council voted unanimously to raise the salary of both registrars slightly more than 4 percent, from the current $22,500 to $23,500 by Jan. 1, 2020. The council also unanimously voted to increase the town clerk’s salary about 3.9 percent, from $58,735 to $61,108.

“The last time these positions received an increase was in 2016,” Kellogg said in an email. “Both Registrars of Voters positions were changed from hourly to salary effective July 1, 2016. The Town Clerk position was last increased on Jan. 1, 2016.”

Kellogg said the salary increases have already been incorporated in to the proposed 2019-20 Monroe town budget. The Board of Finance’s final budget proposal will be delivered to the First Selectman on April 20 and the budget will be voted on May 7.

“Salaries of elected officials, like these positions, are requested directly to the Town Council,” Kellogg explained. “In these cases, I passed along their requests in my budget.”

However, it’s slightly complicated by timing, Kellogg said. Because the increases take effect in the middle of the 2019-20, the actual salary for FY19-20 is a blend of the current and future full-year rate. Thus, salary for the registrars is budgeted at $23,000 each for 2019-20, and the salary for the town clerk is budgeted at $59,922 for that fiscal year.

Fiscal year 2020-21 will be the first full fiscal year the increases will be in place.

Kellogg said part of the reason the increases were approved now is that it would be the last opportunity for a while to do so.

“Any increases for (fiscal year 2020-21) would have to be authorized now, because these elected positions would not be eligible for any increase consideration during (that fiscal year’s) budget process,” Kellogg said.