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first_imgClark County Commissioners David Madore, left, and Tom Mielke, right, talk to Ed Barnes, on Tuesday June 3, 2014, after appointing him to fill the seat on the board that was vacated by Steve Stuart earlier this year. What does the forecast look like for the weekend? Check out it out here.Here’s a look at some of this week’s top stories:Commissioners, other officials spar over payThree Clark County officials Tuesday balked at the county commissioners’ proposal to lower pay for the District 3 commissioner seat, saying it would also reduce their salaries.The District 3 position, currently filled by appointed Commissioner Ed Barnes, is the highest paid of the three seats, receiving an annual salary of $106,224. Under the new proposal, pay for the position would drop to $102,224 next year, the same amount as the other two positions, and possibly stay there until 2018. The move is expected to save the county $46,400 during the next biennium.At the same time, the commissioners approved bumping their per-month vehicle allowance by $100 starting next year. They’ll receive $700 a month, resulting in $25,200 a year dedicated to the commissioners’ cars.Commissioners approved the ordinance decreasing the District 3 seat’s pay, but not before Auditor Greg Kimsey, Assessor Peter Van Nortwick and Treasurer Doug Lasher voiced their disapproval. Learn more about the pay proposal.Vancouver moves closer to property tax levy hikeA plan to increase the city’s property tax levy and utility rates was advanced Monday by the Vancouver City Council.last_img read more