Are Elected Officials Earning Their Salaries?
LABELLE, FL. -- The practice of determining the compensation of Florida's county constitutional officers is determined by state law and was first sanctioned by the Constitution of 1885 and has been maintained since the 1968 constitutional revision.
However, it was not until 1973 that the Legislature authorized the salary compensation formula that was the precursor to its present form. The current salary formula methodology specifies that the latest official population estimates for each county serve as a major component of the salary computation.
In addition to the population estimates, the salary formula contains five other components. The base salary and group rate components for the separate officers are specified in various sections of the Florida Statutes. The initial factor component is currently set in law as a constant numerical value. The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) annually certifies the remaining two components, the annual factor and cumulative annual factor, used in the salary formula computations.
Here's what the Hendry and Glades county officials receive for year 2009-2010:
Clerk of Court | Appraiser | Tax Collector | Elections Sup. | Sheriff | Commissioners | School Sup. | School Board
Glades $ 90,630 $ 90,630 $ 90,630 $ 73,993 $ 99,226 $ 24,965 $ 88,732 $ 23,988
Hendry $ 100,266 $ 100,266 $ 100,266 $ 83,170 $ 108,861 $ 34,142 $ 97,765 $ 26,537