As the county begins the process of approving its annual budget for the 2021–2022 fiscal year, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson is thinking ahead to the following year, proposing a raise for the members of the county's board of commissioners.
During a budget meeting Monday afternoon, Anderson proposed a $100 raise for each of the 24 members of the county commission beginning in September of 2022, which will mark the beginning of a new term for all elected commissioners. They cannot approve a raise for themselves within their current term.
“I think you are being underpaid for what you’re giving to our community,” Anderson said.
Currently, the commissioners make $500 per month, with the chairperson making $550 per month. The last time the commission members’ pay was increased was 2006, from $350 to $500.
Commissioner Barbara Sturgeon, representing District 9, seconded the mayor’s request, saying “it would be nice to have a little change to at least pay for the gas" she uses to drive to meetings during non-pandemic times.
The budget committee — made up of Anderson, Sturgeon, Paul Webb, Chas Morton and Judy Herbert — voted unanimously to recommend this pay increase for the 2022–2023 budget.
Within the upcoming budget for 2021–2022, which the county is currently working on, the mayor’s salary of $169,229 will also be bumped 3% along with all other county employees.