After more than an hour of spirited deliberations Monday, Rock Hill City Council have the initial OK for raising its own salary and that of the city’s mayor.
The move marks the first time since 1988 that the city’s elected body will get a raise that effectively doubles the mayor and council members’ salaries.
Pending final approval next month, the changes will go into effect January 14.
Rock Hill city councilman John Black says while he is skeptical about raising his own and other council members’ salaries, the timing couldn’t be any better.
Effective next year, council members’ salaries will jump from $8,000 per year to $16,348. The Mayor’s salary will double from $12,542 to $25,667.
Mayor Doug Echols said an independent study committee delivered a number of recommendations on the topic Monday night.
The plan also includes a measure allowing city staff to review the elected officials’ salaries every two years, requiring an up or down vote each time.
Only one seat on city council is up for election this fall — the seat currently held by Osbey Roddey. Roddey retires this year after 24 years serving on Rock Hill Council. A three-way race is currently underway for Roddey’s seat, wit the election set for October 15..