By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Madison Mayor and City Council voted to give themselves a raise on Monday night, after 24 years of a stagnant pay rate.
The council unanimously voted to give each council member, the Mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem a $150 per month increase–adding an extra $1,800 in income a year to mayor and council salaries.
The Mayor’s salary will jump up from $8,400 per year to $10,200 per year, Mayor Pro Tem’s salary will increase from $6,000 per year to $7,800, and the other council members’ salaries will increase from $5,400 per year to $7,200. Councilman Joe DiLetto made the motion, noting that he does not intend to run for reelection and therefore would not benefit from the raise when it comes into effect in January of 2020.
“It’s not my intention at this time to run for reelection, so I’m probably the proper one to bring forth this motion,” said DiLetto. “Some of you out there realize what we do and how we do it and none of it is for financial reward, that’s for sure “We don’t do this for the money, we do it for the love of Madison, said Mayor Fred Perriman in March. “I think it’s time to give our council an increase and it’s time to move forward.”