Members of the Garland City Council, still reeling from passing the new budget, discusses whether or not to give Garland City Mayor Scott Coleman a $500 to $1,000 a month salary for his work as mayor and city manager.
Coleman was not at the work session for the most recent discussion, but did bring up the issue about two weeks before. Coleman cited the amount of hours he spends working for the city without much compensation, making it difficult to find a new mayor when his term is over.
Coleman estimates that he spends 10-15 hours a week with his duties with Garland City.
“I think he’s just feeling the pressure and responsibilities,” said councilman Kendall Kowallis.
The council didn’t make any decisions on this issue but did talk about what they could do to lessen Coleman’s workload. Previous mayors have been retired and had more time to spend working with the city. Coleman works full time in addition to his mayoral duties.
“I think less spending is the answer to me instead of an increase,” said councilman J.R. Thompson.
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