FALLS CITY – Councilwoman Judy Murphy suggested a pay raise for the mayor and city council members at Monday’s meeting.
Murphy advised more than doubling the mayor’s yearly salary from $2,600 to $5,400 and a 40 percent increase for city council members from $2,400 a year to $4,200.
Murphy said the pay increase would not affect her as her term ends in December.
Murphy: “I just thought it might, you know, help us get more people interested. I know, we don’t do it for the money anyway, really, but I thought it would get us a little more in line with similar sized cities.”
Murphy offered the results of her research into other cities’ council pay. She said mayor’s pay is as high as $8,000 at Waverly to a low of $3,600 at Auburn and Falls City.
She said council member pay ranges from $4,800 at Cozad to $1,200 at Aurora.
- Wavery: $8,000, $4,000
- Cozad: $6,000 , $4,800
- Fairbury, 4,050, $2700
- Wahoo : $4,000, $2,000
- Auburn: $3,600 and $2,400
- Aurora: $3,600 and $1,200
Falls City citizen Lonnie Blevins asked the council how it would raise the extra money to pay for higher salaries. He suggested letting the citizens decide on a pay raise.
Council member Mitch Merz said while the city council is motivated by a desire to better the city rather than the pay, a comparable salary helps keep Falls City progressive.
Merz: “We need people to run and challenge the people of their seats. We need people that want to be here. We need people that are actively involved in this, that have some compensation for the time they are giving.”
City Clerk Gary Jorn said an ordinance can be drafted regarding the pay raise to be considered at the next council meeting.