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Lawmakers advance pay raise for Mississippi county officials

The following article was authored by The Associated Press.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 10:16 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A proposed pay raise for many elected county officials in Mississippi is advancing.

The House voted 93-14 on Wednesday for Senate Bill 2827, which would be financed by increased fees for filing government documents and court cases.

The Senate and House must resolve differences before the measure goes to the governor.

Pay for county supervisors would increase by $10,000 a year, with supervisors making $39,000 to $56,700 after the raise, depending on the value of property in a county.

Circuit and chancery clerks would be paid up to $99,000 in fees generated by their office, up from $90,000 now.

Also getting raises would be tax assessors, tax collectors and coroners.

The move comes as lawmakers, most running for re-election this year, also consider raises for teachers and state employees.

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