Tennille Mayor and Council are proposing compensation increases for the City’s elected officials.
During the July 24 Tennille Council meeting, Council voted to proceed with increasing the compensation for the Mayor and Council members. While Council voted to proceed with this issue, it was just the first step in the process.
Mayor and Council discussed the process for increasing the compensation during the Council meeting. It was explained that after the initial vote to proceed with considering the increase, an advertisement must run in the legal organ for three weeks to announce the proposed increase in compensation.
Council further discussed the process for increasing compensation for the governing body of the City, explaining that the decision can be made by outgoing administration for an incoming administration, meaning that if the increase is approved at the August 17 Tennille Council meeting, the current administration would not see the increase – it would go into effect in January of 2018 for the incoming administration.
The Mayor currently receives $300 per month. Each Council member currently receives $150 per month. If Council approves the ordinance to increase the compensation, the Mayor would receive $600 per month, and Council members would receive $300 per month.
Mayor Pro-Tem Brainard Crawford stated that if the increase is approved by the Council, the City could “get a better quality of people” to run for office. He went on to say that money is a motivator, and people expect to be compensated for their time.
Councilperson Deborah Rhodes was on the fence about the increase; she stated that she thought the compensation should increase, but also noted that elected officials are there to serve the people.
When voting to consider an increase in the first reading of the ordinance, it was a 3-1 vote with Mayor Pro-Tem Crawford, Councilperson Elaine Black, and Councilperson Booker T. Coleman in favor with Councilperson Rhodes abstaining from voting. Councilpersons Marlene Garrard and John Sweat were not present.
Council will consider an ordinance to officially increase the compensation for Mayor and Council members at a Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 17 at 6 p.m.