The rot in Kane County. Voters hate stuff like this, and it makes it awfully hard for the Board to give legitimate pay increases later on. Settle this quick and don’t make Kane County suffer through a drawn out battle.
A press release issued by Jon Zahm, Kane County Conservative Coalition chairman, indicates the raises in question were issued in 2009, awarded to 13 executive staff members. Development Director Phil Bus saw his salary rise from $91,000 to $153,000—a 61 percent increase—that also boosted his pension from $5,000 to about $9,000 a month.
Board Member Drew Frasz, District 26, said he has no problem with staff being compensated for expanded duties.
"I think most of the people on the board just have a concern whether it was by design or serendipitous that Mr. Bus got this tremendous increase in responsibilities and therefore pay, when everybody knew he was probably going to be retiring in a few years," Frasz said. "It certainly gives the perception of pension-bumping."
Frasz said he believes in addition to litigation or ratifying the raises retroactively, there is a third option: settle the case.