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Public to get say on Douglasville mayor, council pay
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
March 06, 2013 01:15 PM | 1437 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After weeks of discussions regarding pay for the Douglasville mayor and city council, the group unanimously passed a resolution Monday night and put it before a public hearing March 14.

The public hearing is set for 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the new Douglasville Conference Center.

Any change in compensation will not take place until January 2014.

City Manager Bill Osborne explained that specifics of the resolution could change before a vote is taken on the council’s regular voting meeting of March 18, either as a result of input from the public or further discussion by the city’s elected officials.

The mayor’s salary could be $3,500 per month, or $42,000 per year. Also, the mayor could have the use of a city-owned vehicle, including gas.

The proposal also provides for each council member to be paid $1,250 per month, or $15,000 per year.

Several very specific meetings outside Douglas County will provide for additional compensation.

This includes $200 per day for elected-official training outside the county; one day’s compensation for attending a meeting more than 100 miles by car; two days of training more than 200 miles outside the county, regardless of whether air or train transportation is used.

The elected officials would receive one day’s additional pay to attend the annual Georgia Municipal Association convention or Mayor’s Day meeting.

In addition, payment would be made at $200 per day for attending mediation, arbitration, civil hearings or trials where the city is a party.

The city will provide or pay actual expenses for travel and meals at the same rate allotted for city employees.

The council agreed on a blanket salary following various proposals which included additional compensation for meetings attended within the city.

Councilman Doug Leguire has been the most vocal opposing proposals that included additional pay for attending local meetings.

“If we don’t do a blanket salary for everything we do in Douglasville,” he stated, “we’re setting ourselves up to get back where we were before.”

Councilman Dennis McLain concurred.

“I think what Doug is saying is addressing the problem. You can’t have a subjective pay schedule on un-subjective people. If we clarify this thing completely, then we won’t have a problem.”

Councilwoman LaShun Burr-Danley said, “I am definitely in favor of having one flat rate. I know we have to include the expenses, but there are things I do as a city council member that I don’t expect to get paid for.”
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