Apr 9, 2014 9:49 AM by AP
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - An ordinance to reduce the salaries of the mayor and the Board of Aldermen by 7 percent was introduced at Tuesday's meeting.
The Advocate reports the Budget Committee recommended a pay cut of 5 percent to 10 percent last week and Alderman Blair Briggs said the 7 percent salary reduction was a sufficient compromise.
The ordinance would cut the annual salary of Mayor Donald Cravins Sr. from $81,000 to $75,330. Aldermen would reduce their salaries from $20,649 annually to $19,204.
The mayor's salary is $72,000 per year. He also gets a $9,000 vehicle allowance. The board members receive a $350 monthly vehicle allowance.
Cravins presented the board with his own proposal last month that placed the mayor's base salary at about $60,000 annually and $13,900 for the aldermen.
The Opelousas board has considered the issue for several months after Cravins said he felt the mayor and the board make too much money, considering the low salaries earned by some city employees and department heads.
If the ordinance is approved at next month's meeting, it would become effective until Jan. 1.