"Don't look at the person, look at the position, and the position of our mayor is he works 7/24," said 7th Ward Alderman Ann Thompson-Kelly.
Neither the mayor's office nor
"It's a pretty major decision," said 14th Ward Alderman Bill Robertson. "We should take our time and we should really wonder through all the comparables, we should have all the information that is possibility available to us."
On Monday night the Finance and Personal Committee approved potential salary increases for the mayor that would give that office holder a 25-percent increase next year, 5-percent the following year, and 2-percent for the third and fourth year of the elected term. The mayor currently makes $95,000 dollars.
"We do need to do what we did tonight," said Robertson. "My questioning of the whole timing of it is, that very honestly we've known that since August."
The committee also approved potential salary increases for alderman, which if approved by the Rockford City Council would give them a 3-percent raise each year of the 4 years their in office. Ending on an annual salary of 13.5 thousand dollars.
"It's embarrassing when we got a part-time mayor in
The mayors office and aldermen seats are up for election next spring, so this coming vote on Monday could definitely impact whether or not voters will support these elected officials next year.
An independent group was tasked with researching these raises and came up with a proposal that would increase the mayor's salary by 24-percent over all four years. But the Finance and Personnel Committee opted not to go with that recommendation, and some aldermen said they wanted their salaries, as well as the mayor's, to compete with other cities of similar size.