MAYVILLE – The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting today that Chautauqua County’s coroners are seeking a raise.
The issue came up Tuesday as part of budget discussions with the legislature’s Administrative Services Committee.
The Coroners are asking for an increase and change in fee structure. Currently the coroners are paid $80 per day for a 24-hour period. They want to see that increased to $150 per case, instead of the current rate of pay at $80 per day. According to the coroners, the proposed rate is similar to what other counties in the state are currently paying. Lawmakers said they will take the request into consideration as they continue to discussion the budget.
The coroner’s role includes confirming and certifying the deaths of individuals. Chautauqua County coroners handled 866 cases in 2016.
The County Legislature is currently reviewing the budget for 2018, with a deadline of approving a final spending plan Dec. 1, 2017.