BATAVIA – Nine elected and appointed officials will receive 1.5 percent pay raises in 2013 under a measure passed Wednesday by the Genesee County Legislature.
The funds already are in the county’s new-year budget of $145 million, which increases spending by about 2 percent but holds the tax rate at the current year’s level, $9.89 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The raises – along with those for other top elected officials already approved in the budget – were approved following a required public hearing.
The positions are social services commissioner, two elections commissioners, county attorney, county clerk, highway superintendent, director of real property tax services, human resources director, and public defender.
All are appointed except for the county clerk. The highest-paid is Public Defender Gary A. Horton, at $94,633, followed by County Attorney Charles N. Zambito at $91,338. At the lower end are Elections Commissioners Richard F. Siebert and Dawn E. Cassidy, who each are paid $38,124.
Siebert was appointed to another four-year term by the Legislature on Wednesday. The Stafford resident and former county treasurer is chairman of Genesee’s Republican Committee.
In other business, the legislators:
• Appropriated funds for 2013 for three agencies – Genesee Cornell Cooperative Extension, $376,000; Genesee Economic Development Center, $215,000; and Holland Land Office, $47,000. All are the same as in 2012.
• Approved assessment equalization tables for the city and 13 towns of $2.6 billion, slightly more than last year’s figure. Property assessment is now at 100 percent of market value in all but the towns of Alabama, Alexander and Darien, where the percentages are in the lower 90s.
• Renewed a contract with Diamond Detective Agency of Chicago Heights, Ill., for next year’s security services at the Department of Social Services. The annual $41,000 subsidized cost requires about $10,000 in local funds.
• Deleted a position of jail deputy and replaced it with a senior corrections officer at a savings of $13,000.