Representatives of the Government Attorneys Association say an attrition rate of about 25 percent over the past three years helped them make the case for higher pay with county officials.

Under the deal, expected to be approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, attorneys would receive a 6 percent pay raise starting August 2002. On top of that, base salaries will be “realigned” as much as 9.5 percent based on a market survey of public- and private-sector attorneys in Santa Clara. In August 2003, attorneys will receive between a 3.5 percent and 5.5 percent raise based on the Bay Area consumer price index. Once again, salaries will be realigned upward by as much as 9.5 percent, according to a market survey.

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