Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 14, 2012 @ 12:03AM
Created on November 13, 2012 @ 11:11PM
City council members in Morgantown make around $6,000 a year. Those in Fairmont, only get around $1,200.
Fairmont City Council on Tuesday decided they will hold a public hearing on December 18th, and then vote to up their pay $200 per meeting. The mayor would receive $300. They haven't had a raise since 1976, when their charter was established, and with the cost of living going up some members feel it's time.
Council also approved the final stages of giving city employees a raise. It's been eight years since they've seen an increase in pay and council said it's long overdue.
"Once the post-employment benefits from the state were reduced, and our obligation wasn't that high anymore, the funds were there in order to start increasing their salaries," said Mayor Bill Burdick.
As for council members, should they decide to increase their pay, it wouldn't take effect until January 2015.
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