Missoula County's tracking mechanism for legislation proposed at the 64th session of the Montana Legislature.
HB0366 was brought forward at the request of the Montana Association of Clerks of District Court (MACDC) and Montana Magistrates Association. MACDC strongly supports this bill as it provides equity in compensation for the elected officials of the four offices which experience the highest volume of public traffic in the county courthouse. Under current law, the clerk & recorder (if also the election administrator) and the county treasurer may receive up to $2,000 annually in addition to the base salary established by the compensation board. HB0366 provides that the clerk of district court and justice of the peace may also receive up to $2,000 annually in addition to the base salary established by the compensation board. The additional compensation is discretionary, not mandatory, and provides for equal compensation. It is also worth noting that current law provides that each member of the board of county commissioners, the county sheriff and the county superintendent of schools (who holds a master of arts degree or a master's degree in education) SHALL/MUST receive $2,000 annually in addition to the base salary established by the compensation board. The additional compensation for these elected officials is mandatory. All elected officials work very hard and are committed to providing a level of service that meets and exceeds the expectations of our constituents. As such, it is seems that equity in compensation is a reasonable expectation.
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