No Pay Raises For Jackson City Council

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – There’s no need for extra green.

On Tuesday night the Jackson City Council members said no to a $750 raise to their own salaries.

It’s been nine years since Jackson City Council members saw a raise, but members who voted against it, including the mayor say not is not the right time.

“It just didn’t feel like the right time for us when we just went to our council and asked them to put on our ballot a millage increase to pay for road funding and then turn around and give ourselves a raise out of the general fund which is where our road funding comes from. It just didn’t make sense the timing is not right,” said Jackson Mayor Jason Smith.

City council did approve one raise, which is a 2.5 percent raise for the city treasurer who also doubles at the city clerk.

Council members say they’ll consider their own raises after the economy and the city’s bottom line is in better shape. The next recommendation for a city council pay raise won’t be for another two years.

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