Vote on mayor’s salary delayed
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Aug 26, 2014 | 1160 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Cleveland City Council has delayed a vote on final passage of an ordinance to increase the mayor’s salary to $40,000 in 2016.

The mayor’s current salary is $12,000.

At-Large Councilman Richard Banks asked that the vote be delayed because District 5 Councilman Dale Hughes, who had made the motion, was absent. Hughes was absent due to medical reasons and the Council voted to have the absence excused.

Following Robert’s Rules of Order, the meeting was adjourned on the issue until Friday at noon.

The Cleveland City Council voted 4-3 to approve a salary increase in a previous meeting.

Councilmen David May, Charlie McKenzie and Bill Estes voted against the change.

“This is not a personality thing. It is not for me, it is for the position,” Rowland said during the meeting.

City regulations require the issue to come up for a vote again at the next meeting for final passage. State law says any increase in salary for the position of mayor or city councilman cannot take effect until the terms for all of the current members have expired, according to city attorney John Kimball.

Vice Mayor Avery Johnson said during this previous meeting the form of government for the city was city manager and the Council, with a “weak mayor” style of government. He said the Municipality Technical Advisory Service may suggest a change in government to a “strong mayor” style if a major salary increase is desired.

Discussion of changing compensation began with a proposed ordinance change to give a car allowance to the mayor and city councilmen. The issue, however, was never voted on.

Johnson asked Monday if the Council could vote to enact the car allowance.

Kimball said the ordinance had not been approved at the last meeting and could not have a second reading before the Sept. 8 deadline for 2016.

If the Council approved an ordinance change after Sept. 8, it would have a second reading after new terms start for some Council members.

Kimball said the new terms start at the beginning of that meeting.

This means any car allowance ordinances could not take effect until the entire Council’s terms end.