ROCKFORD - In an 8 to 4 vote
The vote to increase the mayor's pay wasn't unanimous among
"There are other things they should focus on in the city,
But the mayor's office hasn't seen a bump in pay in 10 years, that's why some say it's about time.
"If I didn't have an increase as a private sector employee,
I would be pretty upset," said
In May of next year, the mayor will get an increase in pay from 95-thousand dollars a year, to almost 119-thousand dollars. The mayor will then get a 5-percent increase in 2014, and then a 2-percent increase for the remaining 2 years of the term.
Meaning at then end of the 4 year term, the mayor would be making 135-thousand dollars a year, 40-thousand more than Mayor Larry Morrissey makes now.
"He's the mayor of the city, he has several people making
more money than the mayor does, I think that's kind of wrong," said
But some alderman felt the process to determine how much of a raise he should get wasn't right. A committee compared salaries of nearby mayors and of cities of similar size to adjust the mayor's income. A process alderman Carl Wasco thought was skewed and didn't think reflected how other public workers got salary increases.
"The comparables were there, but we didn't use those to set the salary," said Wasco.
City council members also discussed increasing their own salaries Monday night by 3-percent. But ended up splitting the vote 6 to 6, meaning they didn't have enough votes to legally make the change.
"If money's important for to be here, then it's the wrong
reason to be here," said