Town council members consider raise for themselves | Politics
IRMO, SC (WIS) - Irmo town council members are considering giving themselves a $3,000 raise.
Council members currently earn $350 a month, which equals $4,200 a year. The mayor makes $550 a month, or $6,600 a year.
Irmo Mayor Hardy King says it's been more than 20 years since town leaders got a raise.
"I'm not concerned with the dollar amount," he said. "It's been due."
King says several years ago the town conducted a study of employee salaries and compared them to what their counterparts are being paid in similar-sized towns. Employee salaries were adjusted accordingly.
"It's probably in the right ballpark," King said.
King said the current salary may discourage people from wanting to serve on City Council. A lack of candidates challenging current council members in this November's election may be proof.
"Maybe there will be more people running in the next election," he said. "We just had a filing to run for election out here and the consensus was it takes a lot of time and it's just not worth it. But somebody's got to do it"
Three readings are necessary for the issue to pass before the November election, even if it's irrelevant for this year. Council called a special meeting for October 29th for a vote. Members of the public can comment at meetings on the 15th and the 29th.
If approved, King said the raise probably wouldn't take effect until January 1st.
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