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HEADING, BILL
H. B. 2868


(By Delegates Staton, Beane, Wysong, R. Thompson,

Hall and Stalnaker)


[Introduced March 4, 2005; referred to the Committee on Political Subdivisions then Finance.]



A BILL to amend and reenact §7-7-4 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to compensation of elected county officials and county commissioners.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §7-7-4 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. COMPENSATION OF ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS.
§7-7-4. Compensation of elected county officials and county commissioners for each class of county; effective date.
(a)(1) All county commissioners shall be paid compensation out of the county treasury in amounts and according to the schedule set forth in subdivision (2) of this subsection for each class of county as determined by the provisions of section three of this article: Provided, That as to any county having a tribunal in lieu of a county commission, the county commissioners of the county may be paid less than the minimum compensation limits of the county commission for the particular class of such county.
(2) COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Class I $ 20,000
Class II $ 15,500
Class III $ 14,000
Class IV $ 10,000
Class V $ 7,000
Class VI $ 4,000
(3) The compensation, set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection, shall be paid on and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-five, to each county commissioner. Within each county, every county commissioner whose term of office commenced prior to the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-five, shall receive the same annual compensation as commissioners commencing a term of office on or after that date by virtue of the new duties imposed upon county commissioners pursuant to the provisions of chapter fifteen, acts of the Legislature, first extraordinary session, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three.
(4) For the purpose of determining the compensation to be paid to the elected county officials of each county, the compensations for each office by class, set out in subdivision (5) of this subsection, are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining the compensation of each of their county officials other than compensation of members of the county commission.
(5) OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
County Circuit Prosecuting
Sheriff Clerk Clerk Assessor Attorney
Class I $24,200 $31,300 $31,300 $24,200 $41,500
Class II $24,200 $28,000 $28,000 $24,200 $39,500
Class III $24,200 $28,000 $28,000 $24,200 $30,000
Class IV $22,300 $24,000 $24,000 $22,300 $26,500
Class V $20,400 $22,000 $22,000 $20,400 $23,500
Class VI $17,200 $17,200 $17,200 $17,200 $17,000
(6) Any county clerk, circuit clerk, joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, if any, county assessor, sheriff and prosecuting attorney of a Class I county, any assessor of a Class II and Class III county, any sheriff of a Class II and Class III county and any prosecuting attorney of a Class II county shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any public official, whose term of office begins when his or her county's classification imposes no restriction on his or her outside activities, shall not be restricted on his or her outside activities during the remainder of the term for which he or she is elected. The compensation, set out in subdivision (5) of this subsection, shall be paid on and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-five, to each elected county official.
(7) In the case of a county that has a joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, the compensation of the joint clerk shall be fixed in an amount twenty-five percent higher than the compensation would be fixed for the county clerk if it had separate offices of county clerk and circuit clerk.
(8) The Legislature finds that the duties imposed upon county clerks by the provisions of chapter sixty-four, acts of the Legislature, regular session, one thousand nine hundred eighty-two, and by chapter fifteen, acts of the Legislature, first extraordinary session, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three, constitute new and additional duties for county clerks and as such justify the additional compensation provided in this section without violating the provisions of section thirty-eight, article VI of the constitution of West Virginia.
(9) The Legislature further finds that the duties imposed upon circuit clerks by the provisions of chapters sixty-one and one hundred eighty-two, acts of the Legislature, regular session, one thousand nine hundred eighty-one, and by chapter sixty, acts of the Legislature, regular session, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three, constitute new and additional duties for circuit clerks and as such justify the additional compensation provided by this section without violating the provisions of section thirty-eight, article VI of the constitution of West Virginia.
(b)(1) Prior to the primary election in the year one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, and for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, or for any subsequent fiscal year if the approval, set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection, is not granted for any fiscal year, and at least thirty days prior to the meeting to approve the county budget, the commission shall provide notice to the public of the date and time of the meeting and that the purpose of the meeting of the county commission is to decide upon their budget certification to the auditor.
(2) Upon submission by the county commission to the auditor of a proposed annual budget which contains anticipated receipts into the county's general revenue fund, less anticipated moneys from the unencumbered fund balance, equal to anticipated receipts into the county's general revenue fund, less anticipated moneys from the unencumbered fund balance and any federal or state special grants, for the immediately preceding fiscal year, plus such additional amount as is necessary for payment of the increases in the salaries set out in subdivisions (3) and (5) of this subsection, and related employment taxes over that paid for the immediately preceding fiscal year, and upon approval thereof by the auditor, which approval shall not be granted for any proposed annual budget containing anticipated receipts which are unreasonably greater or lesser than that of the immediately preceding fiscal year, for the purpose of determining the compensation to be paid to the elected county officials of each county office by class are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining the compensation of each of their county officials: Provided, That as to any county having a tribunal in lieu of a county commission, the county commissioners of the county may be paid less than the minimum compensation limits of the county commission for the particular class of the county.
(3) COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Class I $ 24,000
Class II $ 18,600
Class III $ 16,800
Class IV $ 12,000
Class V $ 8,400
(4) If the approval, set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection, is granted, the compensation, set out in subdivision (3) of this subsection, shall be paid on and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, to each county commissioner. Within each county, every county commissioner shall receive the same annual compensation by virtue of the new duties imposed upon county commissioners pursuant to the provisions of chapter one hundred seventy-two, acts of the Legislature, second regular session, one thousand nine hundred ninety and chapter five, acts of the Legislature, third extraordinary session, one thousand nine hundred ninety.
(5) OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
County Circuit Prosecuting
Sheriff Clerk Clerk Assessor Attorney
Class I $29,040 $37,560 $37,560 $29,040 $59,500
Class II $29,040 $33,600 $33,600 $29,040 $59,500
Class III $29,040 $33,600 $33,600 $29,040 $36,000
Class IV $26,760 $28,800 $28,800 $26,760 $31,800
Class V $24,480 $26,400 $26,400 $24,480 $28,200
Class VI $24,480 $26,400 $26,400 $24,480 $28,200
(6) Any county clerk, circuit clerk, joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, if any, county assessor, sheriff and prosecuting attorney of a Class I county, any assessor of a Class II and Class III county, any sheriff of a Class II and Class III county and any prosecuting attorney of a Class II county shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any public official, whose term of office begins when his or her county's classification imposes no restriction on his or her outside activities, shall not be restricted on his or her outside activities during the remainder of the term for which he or she is elected. If the approval, set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection, is granted, the compensation, set out in subdivision (5) of this subsection, shall be paid on and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, to each elected county official.
(7) In the case of a county that has a joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, the compensation of the joint clerk shall be fixed in an amount twenty-five percent higher than the compensation would be fixed for the county clerk if it had separate offices of county clerk and circuit clerk.
(8) Prior to the primary election in the year one thousand nine hundred ninety-two, in the case of a Class III, Class IV or Class V county which has a part-time prosecuting attorney, the county commission may find that such facts and circumstances exist that require the prosecuting attorney to devote full-time to his or her public duties for the four-year term, beginning the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three. If the county commission makes such a finding, it may by proper order adopted and entered, require the prosecuting attorney who takes office on the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, to devote full-time to his or her public duties and the county commission shall then compensate said prosecuting attorney at the same rate of compensation as that of a prosecuting attorney in a Class II county.
(9) For any county: (A) Which on and after the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-four, is classified as a Class II county; and (B) which prior to such date was classified as a Class III, Class IV or Class V county and maintained a part-time prosecuting attorney, the county commission may elect to maintain the prosecuting attorney as a part-time prosecuting attorney: Provided, That prior to the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, the county commission shall make a finding, by proper order and entered, whether to maintain a full-time or part-time prosecuting attorney. The part-time prosecuting attorney shall be compensated at the same rate of compensation as that of a prosecuting attorney in the class for the county prior to being classified as a Class II county.
(c)(1) Prior to the primary election in the year one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, and for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, or for any subsequent fiscal year if the approval, set out in subdivision (2) of this subsection, is not granted for any fiscal year, and at least thirty days prior to the meeting to approve the county budget, the commission shall provide notice to the public of the date and time of the meeting and that the purpose of the meeting of the county commission is to decide upon their budget certification to the auditor.
(2) Upon submission by the county commission to the auditor of a proposed annual budget which contains anticipated receipts into the county's general revenue fund, less anticipated moneys from the unencumbered fund balance, equal to anticipated receipts into the county's general revenue fund, less anticipated moneys from the unencumbered fund balance and any federal or state special grants, for the fiscal year beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, plus such additional amount as is necessary for payment of the increases in the salaries set out in subdivisions (3) and (6) of this subsection, and related employment taxes over that paid for the immediately preceding fiscal year, and upon approval thereof by the auditor, which approval shall not be granted for any proposed annual budget containing anticipated receipts which are unreasonably greater or lesser than that of the immediately preceding fiscal year for the purpose of determining the compensation to be paid to the elected county officials of each county office by class are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining whether county revenues are sufficient to pay the compensation mandated herein for their county officials: Provided, That as to any county having a tribunal in lieu of a county commission, the county commissioners of the county may be paid less than the minimum compensation limits of the county commission for the particular class of the county: Provided, however, That should there be an insufficient projected increase in revenues to pay the increased compensation and related employment taxes, then the compensation of that county's elected officials shall remain at the level in effect at the time certification was sought.
(3) COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Class I $ 28,000
Class II $ 27,500
Class III $ 27,000
Class IV $ 26,500
Class V $ 26,000
Class VI $ 21,500
Class VII $ 21,000
Class VIII $ 19,000
Class IX $ 18,500
Class X $ 15,000
(4) The compensation, set out in subdivision (3) of this subsection, shall be paid on and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, to each county commissioner. Every county commissioner in each county, whose term of office commenced prior to or on or after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, shall receive the same annual compensation by virtue of legislative findings of extra duties as set forth in section one of this article.
(5) For the purpose of determining the compensation to be paid to the elected county officials of each county, the compensations for each county office by class, set out in subdivision (6) of this subsection, are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining the compensation of each of their county officials other than compensation of members of the county commission.
(6) OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
Count Circuit Prosecuting
Sheriff Clerk Clerk Assessor Attorney
Class I $34,000 $42,000 $42,000 $34,000 $76,000
Class II $33,500 $41,500 $41,500 $33,500 $74,000
Class III $33,250 $40,500 $40,500 $33,250 $72,000
Class IV $33,000 $40,250 $40,250 $33,000 $70,000
Class V $32,750 $40,000 $40,000 $32,750 $68,000
Class VI $32,500 $37,500 $37,500 $32,500 $45,000
Class VII $32,250 $37,000 $37,000 $32,250 $43,000
Class VIII $32,000 $36,500 $36,500 $32,000 $41,000
Class IX $31,750 $36,000 $36,000 $31,750 $38,000
Class X $29,000 $32,000 $32,000 $29,000 $35,000
(7) The compensation, set out in subdivision (6) of this subsection, shall be paid on and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, to each elected county official. Any county clerk, circuit clerk, joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, if any, county assessor or sheriff of a Class I through Class V county, inclusive, any assessor or any sheriff of a Class VI through Class IX county, inclusive, shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any public official, whose term of office begins when his or her county's classification imposes no restriction on his or her outside activities, shall not be restricted on his or her outside activities during the remainder of the term for which he or she is elected.
(8) In the case of a county that has a joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, the compensation of the joint clerk shall be fixed in an amount twenty-five percent higher than the compensation would be fixed for the county clerk if it had separate offices of county clerk and circuit clerk.
(9) Any prosecuting attorney of a Class I through Class V county, inclusive, shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any county which under the prior provisions of this section was classified as a Class II county and elected to maintain a part-time prosecutor may continue to maintain a part-time prosecutor, until such time as the county commission, on request of the part-time prosecutor, approves and makes a finding, by proper order entered, that the prosecuting attorney shall devote full-time to his or her public duties. The county commission shall then compensate said prosecuting attorney at the same rate of compensation as that of a prosecuting attorney in a Class V county: Provided, however, That any county which under the prior provisions of this section was classified as a Class II county and which did not elect to maintain a part-time prosecutor shall maintain a full-time prosecuting attorney and shall compensate said prosecuting attorney at the same rate of compensation as that of a prosecuting attorney in a Class V county: Provided further, That, until the first day of January, two thousand one, when a vacancy occurs in the office of prosecuting attorney prior to the end of a term, the county commission of a Class IV or Class V county may elect to allow the position to become part-time for the end of that term, and thereafter the position of prosecuting attorney shall become full-time.
(d)(1) The increased salaries to be paid to the county commissioners and the other elected county officials described in this subsection on and after the first day of July, two thousand two, are set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection. Every county commissioner and elected county official in each county, whose term of office commenced prior to or on or after the first day of July, two thousand two, shall receive the same annual salary by virtue of legislative findings of extra duties as set forth in section one of this article.
(2) Before the increased salaries, as set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection, are paid to the county commissioners and the elected county officials, the following requirements must be met:
(A) The auditor has certified that the proposed annual county budget for the fiscal year beginning the first days of July, two thousand two, has increased over the previous fiscal year in an amount sufficient for the payment of the increase in the salaries, set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection, and the related employment taxes: Provided, That the auditor may not approve the budget certification for any proposed annual county budget containing anticipated receipts which are unreasonably greater or lesser than that of the previous year. For purposes of this subdivision, the term "receipts" does not include unencumbered fund balance or federal or state grants; and
(B) Each county commissioner or other elected official described in this subsection in office on the effective date of the increased salaries provided by this subsection who desires to receive the increased salary has prior to that date filed in the office of the clerk of the county commission his or her written agreement to accept the salary increase. The salary for the person who holds the office of county commissioner or other elected official described in this subsection who fails to file the written agreement as required by this paragraph shall be the salary for that office in effect immediately prior to the effective date of the increased salaries provided by this subsection until the person vacates the office or his or her term of office expires, whichever first occurs.
(3) If there is an insufficient projected increase in revenues to pay the increased salaries and the related employment taxes, then the salaries of that county's elected officials and commissioners shall remain at the level in effect at the time certification was sought.
(4) In any county having a tribunal in lieu of a county commission, the county commissioners of that county may be paid less than the minimum salary limits of the county commission for that particular class of the county.
(5) COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Class I $ 30,800
Class II $ 30,250
Class III $ 29,700
Class IV $ 29,150
Class V $ 28,600
Class VI $ 23,650
Class VII $ 23,100
Class VIII $ 20,900
Class IX $ 20,350
Class X $ 16,500
(6) For the purpose of determining the salaries to be paid to the elected county officials of each county, the salaries for each county office by class, set out in subdivision (7) of this subsection, are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining the salaries of each of their county officials other than salaries of members of the county commission.
(7) OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
County Circuit Prosecuting
Sheriff Clerk Clerk Assessor Attorney
Class I $37,400 $46,200 $46,200 $37,400 $83,600
Class II $36,850 $45,650 $45,650 $36,850 $81,400
Class III $36,575 $44,550 $44,550 $36,575 $79,200
Class IV $36,300 $44,295 $44,295 $36,300 $77,000
Class V $36,025 $44,000 $44,000 $36,025 $74,800
Class VI $35,750 $41,250 $41,250 $35,750 $49,500
Class VII $35,475 $40,700 $40,700 $35,475 $47,300
Class VIII $35,200 $40,150 $40,150 $35,200 $45,100
Class IX $34,925 $39,600 $39,600 $34,925 $41,800
Class X $31,900 $35,200 $35,200 $31,900 $38,500
(8) Any county clerk, circuit clerk, joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, if any, county assessor or sheriff of a Class I through Class V county, inclusive, any assessor or any sheriff of a Class VI through Class IX county, inclusive, shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any public official, whose term of office begins when his or her county's classification imposes no restriction on his or her outside activities, may not be restricted on his or her outside activities during the remainder of the term for which he or she is elected.
(9) In the case of a county that has a joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, the salary of the joint clerk shall be fixed in an amount twenty-five percent higher than the salary would be fixed for the county clerk if it had separate offices of county clerk and circuit clerk.
(10) Any prosecuting attorney of a Class I through Class V county, inclusive, shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any county which under the prior provisions of this section was classified as a Class II county and elected to maintain a part-time prosecutor may continue to maintain a part-time prosecutor, until such time as the county commission, on request of the part-time prosecutor, approves and makes a finding, by proper order entered, that the prosecuting attorney shall devote full-time to his or her public duties. The county commission shall then compensate said prosecutor at the same salary as that of a prosecuting attorney in a Class V county: Provided, however, That any county which under the prior provisions of this section was classified as a Class II county and which did not elect to maintain a part-time prosecutor shall maintain a full-time prosecuting attorney and shall compensate said prosecuting attorney at the same salary as that of a prosecuting attorney in a Class V county: Provided further, That, until the first day of January, two thousand three, when a vacancy occurs in the office of prosecuting attorney prior to the end of a term, the county commission of a Class IV or Class V county may elect to allow the position to become part-time for the end of that term and thereafter the position of prosecuting attorney shall become full-time.
(e)(1) The increased salaries to be paid to the county commissioners and the other elected county officials described in this subsection on and after the first day of July, two thousand five, are set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection. Every county commissioner and elected county official in each county, whose term of office commenced prior to or on or after the first day of July, two thousand five, shall receive the same annual salary by virtue of legislative findings of extra duties as set forth in section one of this article.
(2) Before the increased salaries, as set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection, are paid to the county commissioners and the elected county officials, the following requirements must be met:
(A) The auditor has certified that the proposed annual county budget for the fiscal year beginning the first days of July, two thousand two, has increased over the previous fiscal year in an amount sufficient for the payment of the increase in the salaries, set out in subdivisions (5) and (7) of this subsection, and the related employment taxes: Provided, That the auditor may not approve the budget certification for any proposed annual county budget containing anticipated receipts which are unreasonably greater or lesser than that of the previous year. For purposes of this subdivision, the term "receipts" does not include unencumbered fund balance or federal or state grants; and
(B) Each county commissioner or other elected official described in this subsection in office on the effective date of the increased salaries provided by this subsection who desires to receive the increased salary has prior to that date filed in the office of the clerk of the county commission his or her written agreement to accept the salary increase. The salary for the person who holds the office of county commissioner or other elected official described in this subsection who fails to file the written agreement as required by this paragraph shall be the salary for that office in effect immediately prior to the effective date of the increased salaries provided by this subsection until the person vacates the office or his or her term of office expires, whichever first occurs.
(3) If there is an insufficient projected increase in revenues to pay the increased salaries and the related employment taxes, then the salaries of that county's elected officials and commissioners shall remain at the level in effect at the time certification was sought.
(4) In any county having a tribunal in lieu of a county commission, the county commissioners of that county may be paid less than the minimum salary limits of the county commission for that particular class of the county.
(5) COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Class I $ 35,800
Class II $ 35,250
Class III $ 34,700
Class IV $ 34,150
Class V $ 33,600
Class VI $ 28,650
Class VII $ 28,100
Class VIII $ 25,900
Class IX $ 25,350
Class X $ 21,500
(6) For the purpose of determining the salaries to be paid to the elected county officials of each county, the salaries for each county office by class, set out in subdivision (7) of this subsection, are established and shall be used by each county commission in determining the salaries of each of their county officials other than salaries of members of the county commission.
(7) OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS
County Circuit Prosecuting
Sheriff Clerk Clerk Assessor Attorney
Class I $42,400 $56,200 $56,200 $42,400 $88,600
Class II $41,850 $55,650 $55,650 $41,850 $86,400
Class III $41,575 $54,550 $54,550 $41,575 $84,200
Class IV $41,300 $54,295 $54,295 $41,300 $83,000
Class V $41,025 $54,000 $54,000 $41,025 $79,800
Class VI $40,750 $51,250 $51,250 $40,750 $54,500
Class VII $40,475 $50,700 $50,700 $40,475 $52,300
Class VIII $40,200 $50,150 $50,150 $40,200 $50,100
Class IX $39,925 $49,600 $49,600 $39,925 $46,800
Class X $36,900 $45,200 $45,200 $36,900 $43,500
(8) Any county clerk, circuit clerk, joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, if any, county assessor or sheriff of a Class I through Class V county, inclusive, any assessor or any sheriff of a Class VI through Class IX county, inclusive, shall devote full-time to his or her public duties to the exclusion of any other employment: Provided, That any public official, whose term of office begins when his or her county's classification imposes no restriction on his or her outside activities, may not be restricted on his or her outside activities during the remainder of the term for which he or she is elected.
(9) In the case of a county that has a joint clerk of the county commission and circuit court, the salary of the joint clerk shall be fixed in an amount twenty-five percent higher than the salary would be fixed for the county clerk if it had separate offices of county clerk and circuit clerk.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the compensation of elected county officials and county commissioners beginning July 1, 2005. County commissioners, sheriffs, prosecuting attorneys and assessors will receive an across-the-board salary increase of $5,000. Circuit clerks and county clerks will receive an across-the-board salary increase of $10,000. These salary increases are conditioned upon their being a sufficient projected increase in revenues to pay such salary increases and the related employment taxes.

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