Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

Council members to get raise

May 13, 2004

Members of the Basehor City Council are poised to receive a 99 percent increase.

City Council members unanimously approved a proposal during its meeting Monday night that would raise their monthly stipend from $1 to $100. No extra funds are required for the increase; the proposal calls for taking money budgeted for the mayor's salary, approximately $9,760, and spreading it among the five council members and the mayor.

"I would like to see the mayor's salary and distribute it evenly among the people sitting on this bench," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

City officials have been considering the proposal since the beginning of April. The item was not listed on the city's Monday night agenda but was added at the request of Scherer during the meeting.

In the past, Scherer said he would propose eliminating the mayor's salary to provide City Council members with a raise if the city hired a full-time city administrator. After hiring city administrator David Fuqua in March, the mayor moved forward with the proposal.

The mayor's salary dates back five years when members of the 1999 City Council approved an annual salary for then-mayor John Pfannenstiel.

Although approved Monday night, the changes will not take effect until later this month. At the next meeting, May 24, the Council is expected to vote on amending the charter ordinance that sets the pay scales.

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