Board Member Compensation

The Utah State Legislature has established limits on the amount of compensation that can be paid to individuals who are serving as a member of a board of trustees for a special district or a special service district.  The statutes dealing with board member compensation is as follows:

17B-1-307.   Annual compensation -- Per diem compensation -- Participation in group insurance plan -- Reimbursement of expenses.

            (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection 17B-1-308(1)(e), a member of a board of trustees may receive compensation for service on the board, as determined by the board of trustees.

            (b) The amount of compensation under this Subsection (1) may not exceed $5,000 per year.

            (c) (i) As determined by the board of trustees, a member of the board of trustees may participate in a group insurance plan provided to employees of the local district on the same basis as employees of the local district.

            (ii) The amount that the special district pays to provide a member with coverage under a group insurance plan shall be included as part of the member's compensation for purposes of Subsection (1)(b).

            (d) The amount that a special district pays employer-matching employment taxes, if a member of the board of trustees is treated as an employee for federal tax purposes, does not constitute compensation under Subsection (1).

            (2) In addition to the compensation provided under Subsection (1), the board of trustees may elect to allow a member to receive per diem and travel expenses for up to 12 meetings or activities per year in accordance with:

            (a) Section 63A-3-106;

            (b) Section 63A-3-107; and

            (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.

Amended by Chapter 448, 2013 General Session