The College Park City Council has proposed council members get a 40 percent pay raise, the Gazette reported. The reason? To get more people to run for office.
If passed, the mayor would make $10,500 – up from $7500 – and council members’ salaries would increase from $5,000 to $7,000, according to the Gazette.
The resolution was sponsored by Robert Catlin, Dist. 2, according to the Gazette.
He said he ran for reelection in 2011 at the last minute so that the seat wouldn’t be empty. “People don’t want to run for council in my district,” he told the Gazette. “I don’t think $7,000 will make a huge impact, but it can’t hurt to try."
You can tell the council what you think at a public hearing, scheduled for Oct. 8.
What do you think? Should city employees get a raise?