The increase, which won’t be official until a second reading of the enacting ordinance, raises the mayor’s salary, effective January 2007, from $12,582 to $20,000.
Donna McNichols told the council the raise had been discussed and approved by the finance committee, which she chairs.
After the meeting, The Cadiz Record asked McNichols to clarify when this had been discussed, as any such discussion did not at two recent committee meetings held last month. McNichols said the proposal had not, in fact, been brought before the committee.
McNichols explained that, because the committee did meet twice in March, she couldn’t get the committee members together yet again to discuss the raise, and instead chose to bring it directly to the council for an up-or-down vote.
McNichols said there wasn’t time to reconvene the committee because state law requires that mayoral salaries be fixed no later than the first Monday in May of an election year. As it is, a special meeting will have to be called later this month to read the ordinance a second time before the state-mandated deadline.
“We demand more and more of our mayor all the time,” she said, adding that the often-thankless job’s salary should reflect that it has become, out of necessity, a full-time position.
Said councilmember Manuel Brown at the meeting, “This is still not good for a full-time position.”
The new salary will become effective at the start of 2007. McNichols pointed out that Mayor Bailey, to benefit from the raise, will have to run for reelection in November. Mayor Bailey has said he will seek reelection.
“He’s got to work to get it,” McNichols said, adding that the mayor (who said “thank you” after the ordinance was read last week) felt somewhat sheepish about the raise.
In other action, Mayor Bailey and Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar proposed to the council their idea of pursuing grants to help fund an RV park in West Cadiz Park.
Mayor Bailey said the idea was spurred after an RV enthusiast told him it would allow people like herself to stay overnight for extended stays in Cadiz.
“I thought you could see everything here in two hours,” Bailey joked. Sholar said tentative plans call for about 20 RV sites to be placed near the existing park’s boat dock.
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