Burley City Council Says 'No' to Pay Raises

2011-08-04T01:15:00Z 2011-08-04T07:18:47Z Burley City Council Says 'No' to Pay RaisesBy Laurie Welch lwelch@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

BURLEY • Burley officials nixed an effort by one city councilman Tuesday to bump each council member’s monthly pay by $200.

Burley Councilman Vaughn Egan asked for the council to support the raise in pay that would cost taxpayers an additional $14,400 per year.

Egan’s motion died for lack of a second during the meeting.

“Nobody knows how many hours councilmen spend on city business, some more than others,” Egan said.

He said his primary reason for asking for the increase was to “entice” more people to run for election this year.

Each council member currently earns $400 per month, along with benefits of $1,000 in insurance, $41.56 for retirement and $350 for wellness. That’s a total of $1,791.56 per month.

“I personally cannot vote myself a raise until I can vote city employees a raise,” said Councilman Casey Andersen.

City employees have not received a pay raise in four years, but the city has covered an additional $2,080 per employee in insurance costs.

The City Council has not decided yet whether employees will receive a raise during the 2012 fiscal year.

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