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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.



1 comment for “Contested pay raise heads to vote

  1. Dale Doback
    August 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    So in the State constitution it states that legislative members cannot vote to have their pay increased during their term of office. Why should Garland and it’s mayor be any different? It is a blatant abuse of power and the good people of Garland should stand up and voice their opinion that this is wrong. #youknewwhatiwaswhenyoupickedmeup

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