Everyone knows that inflation is a problem these days and that is also true when it comes to how much county citizens have to pay their commissioners to serve them.

On Thursday, June 17, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted to raise their own salaries by nearly 50 percent.   The move came with no discussion and no comment and was included in some final changes to the county manager’s recommended budget before it was adopted Thursday night.

Starting on July 1, the chair, vice-chair and regular commissioners will get $10,000 a year more than they were previously getting.   The chair will now get $34,800 a year for doing the people’s business.  The vice-chair will get $32,400 and the other commissioners will each get $31,200 annually. 

The move is included in the new county budget, which was adopted unanimously by the board Thursday night.

The board has discussed a great many budget items over the last three months leading to the new $600 million-plus budget.  However, the Rhino Times never heard this item mentioned once in those workshops and meetings.

After the budget was adopted on June 17, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said that it was a change suggested by Guilford County Manager Mike Halford since the commissioners were out of line with what other commissioners throughout the state are being paid.

 The official language of the item is “Budget Ordinance change based on analysis of positions not reviewed in class and compensation study.” 

In recent years, the county has been studying the salaries of the county’s positions to see how much employees are paid compared to employees elsewhere.  Anyone familiar with those studies knows that, at least in the case of Greensboro and Guilford County, the studies always say that employees are due a raise. The Rhino Times has never seen a study survey from a consulting firm that has concluded that any government employee is overpaid, and the Rhino doubts that in the history of government salary studies that that has ever happened anywhere.