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Salisbury City Council Considers Pay Raises

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury City Council and Mayor last received a pay increase in 2007. At Monday night's council meeting, members tabled an ordinance that would bump up their salaries.

Councilwoman Shanie Shields says the workload of council members has increased the past few years and was in favor of the $1,200 salary increase.

"This isn't for the money but I look at it as getting people who may be on fixed incomes, we need to get young people involved," she said.

But council president Jake Day and other council members were hesitant to vote yes to an increase which could effect them in the future.

"The way I look at is I'd rather deal with the situation we've got, whether or not it's an underfunding of positions is an argument I think future councils can have," he said.

But where Day would like to see more money go is to the mayor's salary. He wants the position to become a full-time job. Currently the mayor is considered a part-time position and is paid a yearly salary of $25,000.

"There are many other cities our size and larger than us and us being a growing city, that's a full-time position and it's compensated as such, so I think that's worth discussing," Day said.

Some say change is okay, as long as it doesn't effect tax payers costs.

"Any increases should be done where there's no new levy or taxes or there's no new fees generated so they can have these increases," Alfred Beattie said.

Day says doubling the mayor's salary and making the position full-time would cost one-tenth of one percent of the city's budget. He says he'll bring the matter up during Salisbury's budget talks which begin Thursday.
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