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|Abingdon to Consider Pay Raises for Officials
|Compensation for the elected officials in Abingdon will be discussed during a special city council meeting Monday night.
If raises are to be given, aldermen have to approve them this week. During last week's city council meeting, Alderman Myron Hovind recommended specific pay hikes for several elected officials. Aldermen also appointed Hovind Mayor Pro Tem at the last meeting because Mayor Steve Darmer will be unavailable for a while.
The city council voted 4-3 last Monday night to separate the city clerk and city collector positions, currently held by Sheila Day. The clerk for many years has also been the collector. The collector will be appointed annually by the city council, which will also set the collector's salary and benefits. The clerk is an elected position with a fixed salary.
Mayor Steve Darmer said last week that the council has never discussed raises since he's been in office, while others at the meeting indicated the city's elected officials have not received a raise in 15 to 20 years. Hovind recommended raises for the clerk/collector, mayor, treasurer and aldermen.
Aldermen currently get $30 for every city council meeting, and Hovind is suggesting $50 a meeting. A recommendation was also made to not pay an alderman if he or she misses a meeting, which drew applause from those attending last week's city council meeting. Alderman Dale Schisler said aldermen should also be paid for attending committee meetings. Other suggestions by Hovind included increasing the clerk's salary to $22,000 a year, boosting the Mayor's pay to $2,500, and paying the treasurer $2,000 dollars.
Monday night's special meeting starts at 6:00 at Abingdon City Hall.
|10 26 08 by Newsroom
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