By Tim Kalinowski on November 25, 2020.
The Finance Committee of city council unanimously passed a resolution to reduce city council and the mayor’s pay by 10 per cent in 2021 with a zero per cent increase to follow in 2022.
The motion was brought forward by Coun. Blaine Hyggen during Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting, and is expected to save the City about $77,000. Council also reduced its travel and training budget by $56,000, or by half, in 2021.
Hyggen praised his council colleagues for showing leadership on the issue; especially when asking others in the community have had to accept cuts or take pay freezes.
“We are in trying times here with COVID, and this is an act of leadership,” he said.
Besides passing these motions reducing council pay, the Finance Committee also unanimously passed another motion sponsored by Hyggen that will freeze the City Manager’s pay as well as that of non-union management staff for 2021 and 2022. The expected savings from this move will be around $513,000 in 2021 and 2022.
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