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St. Mary Charter amendment for pay raises going to voters

Posted at 4:16 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 17:48:16-04

The St. Mary Parish Council has voted Wednesday night to ask voters to approve an amendment to the parish charter.

In Franklin at the Parish courthouse, councilmembers chose to let voters decide on a salary increase for the council.

The resolution called for an election for December 8, 2018, for voters to decide the proposed amendment.

The amendment would increase the salary of council members to $800 per month, and set the salary of at-large council members at $1,200 per month.

Here’s the proposed language for the charter:

(A)   The salary of council members shall be $800 per month, except that council members elected by all voters in the parish shall receive $1200 per month.  The salary of council members may be increased by ordinance adopted by a council elected under the provisions of this charter.  No ordinance changing the salary of a council member shall be adopted during the last year of a term and no such ordinance shall become effective during the term of the council adopting the ordinance.

When the charter was first approved by voters 35 years ago in 1983, the salary for council members was set at $450 per month, with $800 per month for at-large members.

To see the full agenda, click here.