Jackson City Council To Vote On Pay Raises

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – The Jackson City Council is meeting Tuesday night.

Council members will likely vote if they want to increase their own pay.

Some city residents are upset that the council would even consider this when there’s no money to fix the city’s streets.

Council members make less than $8,000 a year and the increase would only be around $750 per member.

To people in Jackson it’s the principle. The proposal made by the compensation commission says the mayor would receive a $1,000 raise.

The clerk would receive a 2.5 percent increase in salary. Voting for the pay hikes would be an unpopular choice in a time when Jackson’s streets are falling apart.

However vice mayor Derek Dobies says he doesn’t expect it to pass anyway.

“Families have had to tighten their belts in the economic recession so too does city hall and correspondingly city council,” said Derek Dobies, vice mayor, city of Jackson.

6 News Reporter Christa Lamendola will have the latest on 6 News at 11.

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