Port of Vancouver OKs inflation-based pay hikes

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The Port of Vancouver’s three elected commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a policy that allows their current salary of $500 per month to be adjusted by inflation every five years.

The port board’s decision repeals a previous policy that enabled the part-time commissioners to set their own salary. Under the new policy, the commissioners’ $500-per-month salary would be subject to adjustment for inflation in 2013.

On top of their salaries, commissioners receive $104 for each day they conduct port business. They also receive medical, dental and vision benefits.

In Washington state, port commission salaries range from as low as $200 per month to as high as $800 per month.