By Giana Magnoli

Noozhawk Managing Editor

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have approved a 3-percent salary increase for themselves, which increases their biweekly pay to $3,855, putting annual salary around $100,230. 

Board Chairman Steve Lavagnino is paid more, and the chairman’s allowance was increased by 3 percent to about $71 biweekly.

The 4-1 vote on Oct. 8, with Supervisor Peter Adam dissenting, also included increases to the county contributions for health insurance plans and pension cost-sharing by board members, similar to what managers and department heads receive, according to the county.

The 3-percent salary increase is expected to cost the county $11,888 for the rest of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which started July 1, and $22,078 for a full fiscal year.

The Board of Supervisors also approved a $1-billion budget on June 11 with no reductions for departments for the current fiscal year. 

Read the 2019-20 county budget documents at

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