Monday, May 5, 2014
A discussion regarding compensation to elected officials was held by the Human Resources Committee of Mount Pleasant Town Council.
This subject was slated for the council retreat in January but was never heard due to timing. The natural flow was to place it on the agenda before the budget was approved.
A report from other municipalities in surrounding communities was provided showing what other elected officials are compensated. It showed Mount Pleasant being way below the others.
According to long-serving council woman Thomsena Stokes-Marshall, the work flow alone would demand $50,000 to the mayor and council members $15,000 and take effect at the first regular pay period following the next general election in November of 2015.
This recommendation will be forwarded to the full council.
Councilman Ken Glasson said compensation was not a driving factor for him to serve.
However, the increased compensation would open the election up to a larger pool of potential candidates and a more diverse, cross section of the community.
Stokes-Marshall said looking back over the years, the population and growth has more than doubled across the board.
The work load for council has increased significantly if you want to do your job properly, she said.
Mount Pleasant Town Council member Mark Smith does not sit on the committee and is the only council member who donates his salary. He said he could not support the proposed increase for town council but because he feels the mayor's position is a full time job, he would support an increase for that elected office.