In June 1976, county employees rejected an “insulting” pay offer from the County of Lake, and things went downhill from there until the County of Lake and the employees reached an agreement in late January 1979. Employees sued the county. The supervisors were cited for contempt and nearly went to jail. Supervisors and department heads got raises, and then had to pay back some of their raises. Supervisors faced recall campaigns. One supervisor resigned. The Taxpayers Association of Lake County sued the county. Voters passed Proposition 13, which lead to employee layoffs. Two and a half years after the employees filed suit against the supervisors, the battling parties came to agreement.
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