A county supervisor representing an area with the highest rate of unemployment wants his colleagues to return a portion of the pay they receive for attending meetings.
Rock County Board Member Alan Sweeney, who represents rural areas in the northern part of the county, says the move would be symbolic since it doesn't represent a significant amount of the county's budget. At fifty dollars a meeting, he says it would be fair to give back one hundred dollars to the county to let voters know the board is feeling their economic pain.
He says supervisors would have to pay the tax on the per diem but it's a chance to "lead by example." He says he's received a positive response from his colleagues on the board.