Town board approves doubling compensation for future members
May 6, 2015
Town board members unanimously approved a pay raise of $4,000 for people serving as board members and $6,000 for the mayor in future terms during Monday night's board meeting.
Board member Robert Bishop-Cotner, who had raised concerns about the raise during a work session April 13, was not in attendance Monday night.
Under the town's Home Rule Charter, the board can vote to raise or decrease the compensation received by future board members. The pay changes may not take effect during the term for which sitting members were elected.
The raise will bring the total compensation for future board members to $8,000 per year and the mayor's pay to $12,000 per year, bringing board member pay $124 above the regional average of $7,876 compiled by staff.
Additionally, "the mayor and board members may be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of the office," according to Section 2.6 of the charter.
Currently, members are compensated yearly. Under the new salary, board members and the mayor will receive pay on a quarterly basis, Assistant Town Attorney Kim Emil said Monday.
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The raise will increase the expense to the town by $30,000 per year, bringing the total cost for the board's compensation to $60,000 per year when fully implemented.
Funding for board compensation comes from the town's General Fund, Assistant to the Town Manager Kelly Unger said.