Marysville Council consider ordinance increasing Mayor/Council pay

Marysville City Council will consider an ordinance to raise pay for the mayor by 60 percent and the council by 71 percent after Mayor Carla Grund proposed the change at Monday’s meeting.

The increase would raise annual pay for the mayor from $2,000 per year to $3,200. City Council members’ pay would go from $1,400 per year to $2,400.

Grund said the raise reflects the time that council and mayor put into their roles. She noted the pay level had not been raised for nearly 18 years and said the total cost was less than the 62-cent-per-hour raise recently given to city employees. The exception is City Administrator Austin St. John, who did not receive a raise.

The proposed raises were approved on a 4-2 vote, with council members Jason Barnes and Todd Frye voting no. Both said they didn’t think such an increase was necessary. Council members Kevin Throm and Bobbi Pippia were absent.

The draft ordinance to put the changes into city legal code will likely be presented for a vote at the next council meeting on Feb. 26.

(Read more: The Marysville Advocate)