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Utah County commissioners have rejected a recommendation to hike salaries for elected county officials, but they have given approximately 300 career-service employees a nearly 1.6 percent midyear cost-of-living allowance.

The action means elected county officials, including justices of the peace and chief deputies working for elected officials, will receive no midyear adjustment. In taking the action, commissioners cited midyear budget restraints.County officials have had no salary increase since July 1985 and reportedly receive between 15.4 percent and 23 percent less than their Salt Lake County counterparts.

The Utah County Employees Association had requested a cost-of-living increase of 3.2 percent. Commissioners, however, said the 1.56 percent cost-of-living hike is adequate in light of merit increases approved earlier this year and reclassifications approved last year.