York Mayor Eddie Lee is speaking out today about a series of raises for city council, the mayor pro tem, and ultimately for himself.
Council this week voted to approve the approximate 11 percent increases, which amount to $557 more for council members, $657 more for the mayor pro tem and $985 for the mayor.
Lee said with the city’s 2014-15 budget still unfinished, it was irresponsible for council members to move forward with the raises. Lee, a full-time history professor at Winthrop University, was the lone “no” vote in the council’s decision.
The raises take effect August 15.
“We don’t even have an approved budget,” Lee said. “And here the council has gone to the front of the line…and served themselves.”
The city’s budget year ends August 30.
“When you’re elected to office, you make sure others are taken care of,” Lee said. “The folks that go out and plug the water leaks and patrol our streets and put out our fires, they’re not sure they’re going to get a raise in that budget. And yet we’ve got the council increasing their salary.”
City Manager Charles Helms told the York Enquirer the council’s plans for the raise had been in the works for more than a decade, but were not approved until this week.