- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Many elected officials in southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County won’t be getting a raise.

The county’s governing board unanimously voted Monday night to cancel a 1.5-percent pay boost that will affect everyone from board members to the sheriff, treasurer and clerk.

Board Chairman Mark Kern says the savings will help prevent a property tax hike.

The pay of the sheriff, treasurer, county clerk and the county board’s members will be frozen through 2018. Salaries of the board chairman, auditor, circuit clerk, coroner and recorder of deeds will remain the same through 2016.

The county’s current budget incorporates a 1.5 percent salary increase for non-elected employees.

Salaries range from $19,000 for board members to slightly less than $100,000 for the sheriff and board chairman.