Pay increases proposed for mayor and council members in Kilmarnock

AnnGardner Eubank

by AnnGardner Eubank

KILMARNOCK—The Kilmarnock Town Council on Monday, May 16, directed staff to prepare a resolution that would increase compensation for the mayor and members of council, effective July 1. 

During his administration and finance committee report, chairman Emerson Gravatt proposed the rates of pay each member of council would receive. Currently, council members receive $100 per meeting or special called meeting, and the mayor receives $200. As proposed, the compensation would double to $200 and $400, respectively. However, they would not be compensated for special called meetings.

To fund the salaries, about $12,000 would come out of the general operating funds and would not affect taxpayers, said councilman Curtis Smith. It has been over 20 years since there has been any update in compensation policies, he said.

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