To the Editor:

I am responding to the article in the Eagle last week about potentially replacing Bob Quinton on the Budget Committee with an employee of the Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher, who is also a county commissioner. The Grant County Budget Committee does not approve hours for anyone on the payroll. That is an administrative process. The Budget Committee receives the budget, reviews it for appropriateness, balance and feasibility, and they make recommendations.

There is a proper process for determining the pay of elected officials as defined in ORS 204.112. It is not in the hands of the commissioners themselves. And their duties are defined by statute. The requests on the part of Jim Hamsher and Sam Palmer are inappropriate. They should stop trying to circumvent the laws. We have seen enough of that. If they want a raise they should do it the right way and not replace a valued Budget Committee member because he didn't support their requested pay raise.

Eva Harris

Canyon City

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