Wynne Alderman Demanding More Money from Financially Strapped City

November 17, 2003 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CDT

WYNNE, AR - A member of the City Council at Wynne says he ought to be getting $305 more each month.  Alderman Charles Hamrick says he should be getting the $305 that the city doesn't have to pay because he opted out of participating in the city's health insurance plan.

Hamrick says it's a matter of equal pay for equal people.  He said each council member should get the same amount in compensation.

Hamrick, who retired from Southwestern Bell, kept his insurance with that company.

Mayor Paul Nichols said the money could be better spent elsewhere.  He said that if the city has to pay Hamrick and two others who opted out of the insurance plan, he'll let them pick the items to cut out of the budget.

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