Contested pay raise heads to vote
Garland City Mayor Scott Coleman is standing by his decision to give himself a $1,000 a month salary for his time serving as mayor. In one week the issue will go to the city council for a vote, despite the salary already being included in this year’s budget.
“I know this is going to be a tough fight and that’s okay,” said Coleman after Wednesday night’s heated city council meeting. “We’ll go back and make it right.”
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 27 at 8 p.m. at the Garland City offices.
“I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know all the rules and regulations,” said Coleman. Coleman added that elected official wages should be voted on, which is what will happen. A public hearing for that ordinance was posted just days after the meeting. Coleman is proposing to keep his salary. Members of the city council are paid $50 a month. There is no proposed increase for their stipend.
Coleman defends his salary, comparing it to other local cities. Tremonton City Mayor Roger Fridal makes just over $6,300 a year for his service but Tremonton City Manager Shawn Warnke makes over $100,000. Garland City does not have a city manager.
More about this heated issue in this week’s Leader.