LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Pulaski County Quorum Court's budget committee has approved a measure that would give the 15 justices of the peace and five county executives raises for the 2017 budget cycle.
The salaries would not increase until the county's final budget is approved in November by the full Quorum Court and after the members also vote on an ordinance that would increase per-diem compensation, the amount paid to members for attending meetings.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the proposal, which was initiated by several members of the Quorum Court, was passed by the budget committee 5-1, with two abstentions.
During a committee meeting Thursday, an amendment was approved that would set aside funds for an increase of nearly 18 percent - from $12,012 to $14,131 -for each justice of the peace's annual salary.