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County mayor proposes pay raise for commissioners starting next year

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Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson speaks before the Board of Commissioners in January 2020.

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.

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the painter guy

This seems like a decent thing to do. They do put a lot of time into the job.

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