The future Mayor of Normal and Council colleagues will all receive raises.
The mayor will now get $32,000 a year, a $14,000 increase from the current amount of $18,000. The salary for Town Council members will also go up from the current rate $4,800 to $6,800 a year.
The ordinance, however, despite passing did stir up a lot of controversy.
Several residents spoke out about how they believe the council and the mayor should not be able to get the raises. Even council members spoke out, Jeff Fritzen, who would not potentially benefit from the increase due to his decision to not run, tried to amend the ordinance to $25,000 for Mayor and $6,000 for the council.
Kathleen Lorenz spoke out as well saying, she understands first hand the need for the raise but questioned the possibility of it, citing the reason of the budget. She would go on to vote against both raises but both would pass with a vote of 4:2.
“To some degree, when you say this is a part time position you are right,” said Councilwoman Chemberly Cummings. “Most of us can do the bare minimum and not serve you with the A quality that you deserve, but let me tell you, you don’t have a half rated council sitting before you, you have people that give up their time, their talents and their money to be here.”
The increases will be in effect in 2021 for the Mayor and half the council and 2023 for the remaining council members.