Watching the last council meeting and going to the town hall meeting, I heard several times residents talking about the councils’ “Huge Salaries.” A council member gets $9,000.00 a year. The Chair gets $12,000.00. They have not gotten an increase in 4 years. They get no benefits; no car paid for by the city, no cell phone stipend, and no reimbursement for gas or mileage. They also don’t have health insurance from the city.
They go to numerous events throughout the year. At many of those they make an out-of-pocket contribution. On top of all that they have now given up 10% of the $9,000.00 they receive. You may think they just show up every Tuesday and that’s all they do for the 9k. Far from it. I have been going over the agenda packets for almost 2 years, page by page, and it takes a long time. If there’s any information I need, I find it myself or call one of the council members to answer my questions. I have spent hours looking into things and I’m not a council member with the responsibility to vote on something. I can only imagine how much time they spend, not to mention the phone calls and emails that have to be answered. Just wanted to point all of this out. It’s not the first time I’ve written about this subject. Just thought it was time to say something again.