Aldermen vote themselves a raise

by | July 2, 2018 8:45 am

Alderman Hoyt Jones (far left) proposes a $100 raise for board members. Next to Jones (L-R): Lynn Omohundro Haston, city attorney; Jeff Young, mayor of Sparta; Tonya Tindle, city recorder; and Jerry Lowery, alderman. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted June 21 to give themselves a $100 raise.

Alderman Hoyt Jones suggested the board vote on the raise, which was immediately countered by Alderman Jerry Lowery.

“I think it’s wrong for any elected officials giving themselves a raise,” stated Lowery.

Jones responded to Lowery suggesting the low pay is the reason they cannot get anyone to run for a position as alderman for the city.

“It’s like a volunteer job,” says Jones. “There is a lot more to it than that.”

The raise was put up for a vote. The board, with the exception of Lowery, all voted to approve the raise by $100.

Other matters of business included the following:

-Authorizing the solicitation of bids for 24-inch rocks for bank stabilization project

-Bid results for annual chemical bids for the public works department

-Bid results for annual asphalt hot mix for public works department

-Bid results for annual rock and gravel for public works department

-Approval of metal shed for electric system in the amount of $31,900

-Approval of Veteran’s Day parade

-Approval of application of parade permit submitted by Rachel Auberger for Team Dani-Dash for Dani parade

comments » 3

  1. Comment by Gene Johnson

    July 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    But, Still no Celebration on Liberty Square
    to celebrate Freedom, on 4th of July
    Huh? Citizens have to go to nearby
    PATRIOTIC DOYLE to celebrate.
    Shameful.

  2. Comment by Leslie Moser

    July 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I am sure that any elected official is making more than the average person. I am with Alderman Lowery, “elected officials should not vote on their own raise.” If a raise is wanted, HONESTLY educate the public and let them decide on the raise.

  3. Comment by M Guy

    July 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Well, I ‘ant’ never. All of us would like to give ourselves a raise. On another thought, be careful what you vote for as you may loose your position.


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