Missoula County's tracking mechanism for legislation proposed at the 63rd session of the Montana Legislature.
This bill deletes the last sentence in the section below, which is problematic:(c) The county sheriff must receive a longevity payment amounting to 1% of the salary determined under subsection (1) for each year of service with the sheriff's office, but years of service during any year in which the salary was set at the level of the salary of the prior fiscal year may not be included in any calculation of longevity increases. The additional salary amount provided for in this subsection may not be included in the salary for purposes of computing the compensation for undersheriffs and deputy sheriffs as provided in 7-4-2508.If you include longevity pay when you calculate salaries that are expressed as a percentage of the sheriff's overall pay rate, what happens when the sheriff leaves office and is replaced by a new sheriff with either no longevity or less longevity? Does that mean the corresponding undersheriff and deputy sheriff salaries must be reduced? This appears to be a technical problem with this bill if I am reading it correctly.
Representative Moore,Missoula County sees a technical problem with House Bill 231 - Revise local government compensation laws related to county sheriff deputies, before House Local Government tomorrow. Including longevity pay in calculating deputy salaries that are expressed as a percentage of the sheriff's overall pay rate implies the salaries will need to be reduced when a new sheriff is elected with less or no longevity. Please consider this technical issue when deliberating on HB 231.Respectfully,Dale Bickell on behalf of the Missoula County Commissioners
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