MAQUOKETA, Iowa — The Jackson County Compensation Board is recommending 4 percent pay increase for elected officials.

The Jackson County supervisors will consider the board’s recommendation when they approve next year’s budget in early March.

Compensation board members meet annually to recommend salaries for elected officials.

Board members said because the economy seems to be getting better and the cost-of-living increase was modest, the board would make the 4 percent recommendation.

The county sheriff’s representative, Norm Kennedy, said the sheriff’s wage was way below the state average. A 4 percent increase would bring it just above average, according to Kennedy.

One representative, Kurt Ullrich, was recently appointed to represent Auditor M. Joelle Deppe.

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Ullrich said elected officials are doing a good job and the board “should have the courage” to bring their salaries up. He proposed a 10 percent pay raise.

Other board members did not comment on Ullrich’s suggestion and voted 5-1, with Ullrich voting no, for the 4 percent wage increase.