Kalamazoo’s city commissioners receive no pay raise in light of economic challenges

KALAMAZOO — Kalamazoo’s seven city commissioners won’t be getting a raise this year.

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The
commission’s current compensation was set at the end of 2005 and won’t
be changed this year, an advisory board recommended Monday night.

But
the Local Officers’ Compensation Commission, or LOCC, said that its
recommendation had nothing to do with how the city’s elected officials
do their jobs.

“The LOCC’s determination is based on current
economic conditions and is not a reflection of their performance,”
according to a report by the LOCC.

The seven-member LOCC, which is
appointed by the commission, meets every two years. The panel’s
compensation recommendation stands unless two-thirds of the
commissioners vote to reject the recommendation.

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The commission took no action on the recommendation Monday night.

The annual pay for commissioners this year will be:

  • $9,500 for Mayor Bobby Hopewell.
  • $8,000 for Vice Mayor Hannah McKinney.
  • $7,000 for the other commissioners: David Anderson, Stephanie Bell, Robert Cinabro, Don Cooney and Barbara Miller.

In
its report, the LOCC said that a large salary increase may be needed in
the future to reflect inflation. To keep pace with inflation over the
last six years, this year’s pay should be more than 11 percent higher,
the LOCC said.

But, it said, “the projected significant decline
in the city’s revenue, current fiscal challenges, and the specter of
significant budget reductions in 2012 and beyond prevents the granting
of an increase at this time.”

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