Monson agrees with pay increase for mayor, not for council

There will be several public hearings at Tuesday’s meeting of the Logan Municipal Council before the council votes on a new fiscal 2012 budget. Councilmember Jay Monson, who has chosen not to run for a second term, says he feels good about the budget.”We’ve had a lot of budget workshops,” Monson says. “It’s not something we take lightly. It’s a very important responsibility we have so we’ve looked at it very closely. “We raised questions along the way so…there are some public hearings. It’ll be good to get the public input before we make a final decision because the city does belong to the citizens.”The public hearings deal with resolutions to approve increases in storm water fees, electrical power rates and salaries for elected officials. Monson says if he were staying on the council he would not accept the seven percent pay raise provided in the budget.For the council, that raise would mean the pay goes from about $14,000 to approximately $15,000. Monson disagrees with the council salary increase. As for the mayor, he says it’s a different story.”With this form of government we have he or she is a key person,” he explains, “so it’s very important we have a good person. It’s very much a full time job, so I think i’m leaning right now towards an increase for the mayor based upon comparisons.”That’s what we asked them to do. And they looked at a lot of other cities, especially those about our size in the state and our mayor is still below.”If approved, the mayor’s salary would go to approximately $90,000. The council expects to pass the 2012 budget at its 5:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday.

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