Rich Morthland, (R-Cordova), a member of the Rock Island County Board and a candidate for state representative in the 71st House District, announced a campaign to repeal pay increases for elected Rock Island county officials. The “Morthland Resolution” would reverse the pay increases and lock in their current salaries until 2014.
The petition drive is located at www.themorthlandresolution.com.
On May 18, the County Board voted to give pay raises to elected county officials, including county auditor, coroner, treasurer, sheriff, and county board chairman. Morthland opposed the pay increases and voted against them along with five other county board members. On May 21, the county sent an e-mail to employees asking them to consider taking unpaid voluntary furloughs to assist the county with a budget deficit.
“The pay increases for elected officials are just wrong,” Morthland said. “We are facing serious economic difficulties in Rock Island County, and this is no time to be giving pay increases to county officials who need them least.”
Morthland, along with five other members of the county board, voted against the pay increases.
“We need a county government that operates with common sense and accountability, and offering pay raises to elected officials while asking county employees to take furloughs lacks that,” Morthland said.