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City Council votes to approve salary increase

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The Milledgeville City Council has not received a raise since 2002. That will all change in the next couple of months.

On Tuesday, June 22, the council met to vote and finalize the annual budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. After the budget was approved, they had their final public hearing and first reading of an ordinance to increase the monthly salaries of the mayor and alderman to be effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Currently, council members are paid $500 each month for their work. The mayor pro-tem is paid $600, and the mayor is paid $700. In the next few months, everyone’s salary will increase by $300.

The council voted and approved to amend the clause to increase their salaries but opted to keep their travel expense budget the same.

Before the reading of the ordinance, the council unanimously voted to suspend the second reading. This means that the rule was passed and adopted all within one reading. This action requires a motion, second and approval from a majority of the council.

The suspension of the reading does not affect when or how the ordinance will take effect.

In a previous work session, Alderwoman and Mayor Pro-tem Denese Shinholster stated that they researched the salaries of other city councils across Georgia before settling on the $300 increase.

Along with voting to increase monthly salaries, the council will also see an increase in the amount received each month in their pension. In a now passed ordinance, the board voted to increase pension payments from $40 a month to $50 a month.

The mayor’s and alderman’s salaries are incorporated in the annual budget each year. Along with managing city budgets, the city council is responsible for a wide range of responsibilities, including representing the interests of their constituents, establishing long-term and short-term goals and objectives and establishing tax rates.

The city council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Meeting location is the Milledgeville City Hall, Second Floor, 119 E. Hancock St.