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Florida elections officials could be getting pay raise

Florida’s supervisors of elections could be getting a bump in pay under new legislation passed by the Florida Legislature.

The Florida House of Representatives passed a Senate measure (SB 514) on a close vote of 58-54, sending it to Gov. Rick Scott for review.

Opponents railed against the bill; GOP state Rep. Matt Gaetz said the bill was “politicians feeding politicians.” But proponents said elections supervisors have the toughest job in county government and deserve the raise.

House sponsor Frank Artiles, a Miami Republican, said supervisors in 33 of 67 counties make less than $100,000 a year.

The proposal changes the calculation used to determine how much a county’s election chief is paid. It increases the base salary and the group rate used to determine a supervisor’s salary.

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The change puts the group rate used to calculate a supervisor of elections’ salary in line with the group rate used to calculate other county constitutional officers’ salaries.

The base salary would be in line with that used for elected clerks and comptrollers, property appraisers and tax collectors.

According to a staff analysis, the bill would lead to $1.2 million in salary increases statewide. That evens out to an average increase of $18,540 per county.

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