Town council members approve first raise for themselves in decades | Politics
IRMO, SC (WIS) - Irmo town leaders are getting a raise.
The town council approved a $3,000 raise at a special meeting Tuesday night.
"I've been on council since 1990 and there's never been an increase at all," said Council Member Harvey Hoots before the vote.
Council members currently earn $350 a month, which equals $4,200 a year. The mayor makes $550 a month, or $6,600 a year.
Mayor Hardy King said the current salary may have 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"
No members of the public voiced their opposition to the proposal.
The raise takes effect January 1st.
In other business, council accepted a $120,000 donation from the Palmetto Health Foundation for naming rights to the Irmo Town Park.
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