North Charleston City Council is considering pay raises for council members and the mayor, but some council members and city taxpayers say now is not the time. Recommendations for salary increases for North Charleston City Council and Mayor Keith Summey came out of a recent study done every four years.
The Post and Courier reports Ernest Archer of the Archer Company of Rock Hill says they conduct the study on pay for political offices. In the article, councilman Bobby Jameson said since the study is done only every four years, if there aren’t consistent raises, the city will dig a “salary hole.” Other council members agreed with Jameson, but some did not. Councilman Bob King says he thinks it is a bad time, and some North Charleston taxpayers agree due to high unemployment and recession struggles.
City Council will now address the issue in the next council meeting.