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FDL City Council Approves Salary Increases

10-Oct-2013

The Fond du Lac City Council last night approved an increase in salaries for Council members to $5,000 a year and an increase to $6,000 a year for the Council President. First by a close 4 to 3 vote the Council approved an amendment from Council President Sam Meyer (pictured) to the original resolution that would increase the salaries next April for four seats that will be up for election. The other three seats would see increases in April of 2015 following elections for those seats. The Council then approved the resolution by a 6 to 1 vote. City Manager Joe Moore says looking at City’s of comparable size the Council salaries currently at $2,500 are on the low end of the scale. The Council hasn’t seen an increase in salary since 1997 when it was increased to $3,000 a year. In the past year the Council decreased that pay to $2,500. Moore says the council president gets invitations to a lot of community events and with preparation for council meetings should receive more than the current $300 stipend a year. The Council also approved a liquor license for the Commonwealth Coffee Company and Deli, which will be located in the Riverside Apartments that are going up at the corner of North Macy Street and Merrill Avenue.

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Anonymous commented on 10-Oct-2013 09:40 AM3 out of 5 stars
Wow.. Double their salaries. Obviously Fond du Lac is doing considerably better than every other city in the US. In a time when both private and public sector workers are feeling the crunch, leave it to the government to fill their own pockets. I thought that these people took these positions to make a difference in their community. Obviously there are some ulterior motives sneaking their way into city government.
Anonymous commented on 10-Oct-2013 09:47 AM3 out of 5 stars
Since I need to pay a non tax deductible fee for garbage pick-up and they no longer will do piack up at the curb even for a fee, I do not think these people are worth even a nickel more. They are poor excuses of managers and don't care one bit about the people they serve. I would kick them out instead of giving them a raise. if they really cared about us they would do a BETTER job and do it for free.
Sam Meyer commented on 11-Oct-2013 09:58 PM3 out of 5 stars
City Council pay of 13 near-by communities of comparable size were surveyed and the average compensation was $5100. Even NFDL pays more than FDL. The FDL CC pay has not been increased in 16 years. The above story neglected to say we also eliminated the per meeting compensation ($20). The pay goes up for FUTURE city councils, not anyone on the CC today. A council person needs to be re-elected to get the compensation. CC felt an increase was needed to attract, retain, and fairly compensate people who give their time to do this job. Had the pay been adjusted just for inflation over the last 16 years the pay would have been about $4,400. To say we don't care isn't fair or correct and I encourage anyone interested in running for CC to please do so. Feel free to call me to discuss if you'd like. -Sam
Anonymous commented on 12-Oct-2013 08:46 AM3 out of 5 stars
Why do they give themselves a raise while cutting the community service officers from the Police Department? These people relieve the sworn police officers such as helping direct traffic at accidents and picking up recovered stolen bikes freeing up the sworn officers to handle their normal day to day calls.

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