3 county officials give back 2 percent of salary


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:07 am on Thursday, April 12, 2012

STANTON — More than 50 Montcalm County employees are being required to take five furlough days this year as part of last year’s $1.3 million in countywide budget cuts.

Elected officials were exempt from the cuts, as the wages of elected officials cannot be lowered during their term of office.

However, Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, Deputy Clerk Kay Powell and Register of Deeds Lori Wilson think fair is fair.

Millard, Powell and Wilson recently notified the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners of their intent to give back five days worth of wages so their compensation impact is consistent with the 32 hourly non-union and 21 salaried county employees who had to take furlough days.

“I realize that as an elected official my wages cannot be lowered during my current term of office, however I feel strongly that I should take a cut in compensation along with my staff during these trying financial times,” Millard told commissioners.

The three employees are giving back a total of 2 percent of their salaries, according to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.

Powell and Wilson could not be reached for comment.

County employees have already taken two furlough days on March 23 and April 6. Three more furlough days are scheduled for May 25, Aug. 10 and Aug. 31. All five furlough days take place on Fridays.

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