LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Lansing’s mayor, city clerk and city council members are getting a raise.
A special commission says they’ve earned it. That left the vote up to the Lansing City Council. The majority of the council was against the idea, but there weren’t enough votes to shoot it down.
The council needed a two thirds vote to say no to the pay raises.
The 20 percent raise translates into thousands of dollars.
That’s $107,000 to $128,000 a year for Mayor Virg Bernero. The city clerk Chris Swope would get a raise to just more than $87,000 a year.
City council members will get a boost to a little over $24,000. It’s been nearly 14 years since some have seen a raise at all. In fact the mayor and city council have turned down raises in the past.
The mayor, city clerk and council members will still be able to give their raises back to the city if they want.