2% raises approved for mayor, city attorney and city clerk - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

2% raises approved for mayor, city attorney and city clerk

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
Jonesboro Municipal Center (Source: KAIT) Jonesboro Municipal Center (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A series of ordinances regarding a 2% raise for the Jonesboro mayor, city attorney, and city clerk was approved in the city council meeting Thursday night, but it wasn’t unanimous.

A couple of aldermen, including David McClain and Bobby Long, were not in favor of the decision.

In 2017, that same council voted down 6% raises for elected officials including the council members.

McClain said, like the 2% raise, that was a bad idea seeing as how the raises given to city employees will bring down the city’s reserve funds.

“With the raises that were given, the reserves will run out in a few years,” said McClain. “That was the comment that the previous CFO made and that is the comment that the current CFO made so I don't see why or how we can give ourselves raises at this time.”

The 2% raises were factored into the city’s 2018 budget. McClain stressed he is not against raises, but he didn’t feel it was the appropriate time do so.

Council members also discussed creating a committee designed to specifically come up with a plan to give all elected officials raises.

That committee is expected to last six months and will include two residents on its board.

The issue will be discussed at the next city council meeting.

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • 'Spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips' blamed for 2 fires at TX factory

    'Spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips' blamed for 2 fires at TX factory

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:24:02 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:53:22 GMT
    A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made. (Source: Austin Fire Dept. via Facebook)A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made. (Source: Austin Fire Dept. via Facebook)

    A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made.

    A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made.

  • Flooding reported in Thayer area

    Flooding reported in Thayer area

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:51 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:51:11 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:32:29 GMT
    (Source: Officer Bryant with Thayer PD)(Source: Officer Bryant with Thayer PD)

    Heavy rains on Wednesday have caused problems in a park in southeast Missouri, officials said Wednesday night. 

    Heavy rains on Wednesday have caused problems in a park in southeast Missouri, officials said Wednesday night. 

  • Batesville School District to arm staff members

    Batesville School District to arm staff members

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:11 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:11:14 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:19:02 GMT
    (Source: KARK)(Source: KARK)

    In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

    In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

Powered by Frankly