Huron council members say raises will improve candidate field

Pay proposal includes changes in the $200 monthy salary for council members.
Tom Jackson
Mar 2, 2013

Three Huron city councilman, Brad Hartung, Trey Hardy and Thomas Solet contend higher wages will lure more candidates to run for office in the near future.

Councilman Sam Artino is opposed to any change. 

A recent proposal spearheaded by Hartung would more than triple the pay for council members next year..

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Today, the mayor receives $3,000 a year, with the other six council members each making $2,400 a year.

Under the new plan, all seven council members would earn $ 9,000 a year, in addition to boosted benefits for Medicare and Social Security.

The new overall amount would total almost $72,000 in gross wages, up from the $19,800 paid out in salaries and benefits in 2012.

Other measures, including pay for unexcused absences from council meeting, are also included in the proposed change, Hartung said.

“We are looking to try and make this as professional as we can,” he said.

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Correction: This story has been modified since it was posted to reflect that councilman Sam Artino is opposed to any change in salaries for city council members.

 

Comments

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The Hero Zone

As a person who has become very aware in three short months just what kind of environment public officials work in (both good and bad, I won't be negative) I can support this kind of thought. If you go to the meetings, sit on councils, etc. it certainly seems that many people - altruistic reasons aside - wouldn't see how it is "worth it". My comments aren't even a snarky insinuation/insult of "you get what you pay for".

Especially among young adults there is a huge dissatisfaction and disinterest in government involvement regardless of issue or party. For ~$2,000/year you get to lose privacy, have many things you do be criticized, and if you make a mistake (because everyone is human and it WILL happen) you may very well cost your city thousands and thousands of dollars and maybe a few jobs. Then of course you have your own private life to lead and whatever you do for a living because you can't do it on what the city pays alone. It's tough and being a fallible person in a position that is considered to be infallible it really is a scary thing to think about. The scrutiny you get isn't undeserved but yeesh.

There you go again

I don't agree with Mr. Hartung and Mr. Artino. Greed and better performance don't go hand-in-hand.

TigerDad

Serving for the good of the Huron community, whether it be the city council or school board should come with a reasonable salary. It can be a rewarding, yet thankless position. I'd vote for a higher salary for not only council but for City Manager Andy White as well. As a Huron resident, we receive a huge amount of value for his efforts and expertise. It's not perfect over here in Huron, but when you look at the other surrounding communities, we're in pretty good shape.

pavedparadise

I don't get the SR hard copy. Is there a requirement the voters have to approve the salary increase?

BW1's picture
BW1

Time for the logic test.

Three council members want to vote themselves a raise in this economy. They contend that this is necessary to attract quality candidates with the requisite professionalism. Newsflash - all three of them ran for the office under the old salary schedule. Ergo, they are saying they are NOT quality candidates with the requisite professionalism. Sounds like maybe, instead of a raise, they need self-esteem counseling.

The only reason to pay elected officials more is to innoculate them against the temptation to engage in graft and corruption, and to do that, it's going to take a LOT more than $9000/year.

TigerDad, the fact that Huron is in so much better shape than other cities in the area is more due to demographics like median income than anything the city manager is doing.

TigerDad

BW1,

I think Andy White does a great job. We're lucky to have him.

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BW1

He may well do so, but that's NOT why Huron is spared most of the problems of cities like Sandusky.

There you go again

Tigerdad,
Are you Brad Hartung or Trey Hardy or Thomas Solet?
I wasn't sure which one.

AnotherHuronResident

Not against an increase but would like to have more information.

What are the salaries of similar sized towns in ohio with a city manager?
How many hours are they required to work?
When was the last increase?
Why can they not have step increases? Like 10% or 15% increases over x years. Seems like a huge (%age) increase at once.
Is the city having a hard time finding people to run for city council the past elections?

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BW1

Step increases are a bad, bad idea. They reward entrenched incumbency. Why would you pay politicians to stick around forever when sensible citizens nationwide are seeking to establish term limits?

Maybe the key to getting more people to run for office is for the voters to make running more palatable by paying more attention to candidates' policy positions and the ideals behind them, and less to salacious gossip, thus removing the temptation to campaign by character assassination.

TigerDad

There you go again,

I'm none of the above. I'm just stating my opinion as a resident of 22 years.

whocares

Sandusky only pays a $100.00 a week

pavedparadise

Thats too much

kellybeck

City Council in Norwalk pays $3000 per year. We had meetings 48 times in 2012. Plus calls and emails from citizens.

kellybeck

Norwalk has a strong mayor system. Our Mayor has a 4 year term and earns 50K per year. Huron's councilmembers are not voting themselves a raise. They would be voting to increase the pay for the members voted into office in the next election for the position. If it sounds like good money you can still run as an independent if your terms are the same as Norwalk's. We just voted on a simular proposal in Norwalk.