Taxpayer-funded retirement contributions for San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors have seen more than a five-fold increase over the past two decades, according to a review of supervisor benefits.
County data show employer-paid retirement contributions for supervisors averaged $14,100 per supervisor in 1998. As of 2015, more than $72,000 went toward the expense — the most striking increase among various compensation costs for board members.
The supervisors’ salaries are set at 80 percent of a Superior Court judge’s pay. On Jan. 10, board members will take a final vote on a proposal to increase their pay, setting it at 85 percent and then 90 percent of judge’s pay.
U-T Watchdog requested detailed benefit data dating back to 1998 after the board initially approved the proposal in early December. County officials released the information Tuesday.
Data show supervisor benefits have more than tripled since 1998. During that time, auto allowances increased by more than 42 percent, from $8,448 to $12,000. Salaries have increased by more than 72 percent, and the cost of health benefits more than doubled.