Blount County commissioners take 10 percent pay cut



Loudon County commissioners stay with 10 percent mayor pay

By: Pat Hunter

Citizens gathered around the Courthouse to protest a proposed 10 percent property tax increase and other budget concerns. Citizens of Blount County's Future spokesperson Linda King helped organize the protest. According to TV 6 citizens held signs, "Balance the budget by cutting expenses."  She was quoted "I'm very happy that they voted for the certified rate of $2.04, but I'm very disappointed that they did not talk about cutting any of their budgets."

On Thursday, June 17th TV - 6 News reported that Blount County commissioners cut their own salaries by 10 percent. The motion was made by Commissioner Wendy Pitts Reeves and the motion passed by a 13-6 vote. "Blount County commissioners make $450 a month but starting in July, commissioners will bring home $45 less.

A couple of years ago, Loudon County Commission approved a sweetheart deal when it came to their pay. The Loudon County Commission approved a pay scale calculated on 10 percent of the Loudon County Mayor's salary, $660.83 monthly or $7,903. When the county mayor salary increases, the county commission pay automatically increases just like the federal government. 

Loudon County Commissioners are also eligible for health insurance and retirement plan. The present pay for the County Mayor is $79,028.00 yearly and is based on the county's population, 2000 Census.

To see a comparison of other commission pay and benefits across the state, click to view the 2009 Commission Salary Schedule (public record). The Salary schedule was conducted

Click to view 2009 Commission Salary Survey pdf

Source: Survey conducted by the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) on behalf of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association, December 2009.

Click to view 2010-2011 Salary Schedule for County officials pdf


Salary Schedule for Fiscal Year 2010-2011

Population Class     2010-2011

400,000 and more         $123,476

275,000-399,999           $115,208

250,000-274,999           $108,212

225,000-249,999           $104,395

200,000-224,999           $100,579

175,000-199,999           $ 96,763

150,000-174,999           $ 92,947

125,000-149,999           $89,131

100,000-124,999           $85,315

65,000-99,999              $83,407

50,000-64,999              $80,226

35,000-49,999             $73,866

23,000-34,999             $71,322

12,000-22,999             $66,702

Less than 12,000        $57,477



1. The county mayor’s compensation shall be at least 5 percent higher than the salary paid to

any other county constitutional officer (T.C.A. § 8-24-102(e)). The salaries noted above are

based upon the assumption that the general officers and the sheriff receive the statutory

minimum amount. Therefore, the minimum salary of the county mayor in a particular county

may be higher than the amounts listed above if other officials are paid in excess of the

statutory minimum. For example, if the sheriff is paid more than the minimum amount the

mayor must be paid at least 5 percent more than the sheriff’s actual salary.

2. The county legislative body may set the salary of the county mayor in an amount greater than

the salary noted above.

3. The increase in minimum salary for FY 2008-2009 in counties at or below the median

population was $3,325. In all other counties it was 4.89% but only for FY 2008-2009. For

2010-2011, there is NO INCREASE FROM FY 2009-2010.

4. These salaries were effective July 1, 2008 and will remain in effect for through June 30, 2011.