BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council on Monday will vote on a proposal to cut aldermen’s pay by 10 percent and freeze the mayor’s salary.
The Government Services Committee on Monday recommended the pay cut. Fourth Ward Alderman Jim Volk suggested the pay cut. Aldermen currently are paid $200 for each City Council meeting they attend, or $4,800 a year.
“The economy is still hurting and taxpayers are groaning,” Volk said. “It’s more symbolic. We need to keep tightening the belt.”
The committee also recommended freezing the mayor’s salary. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke, per city ordinance, is paid $26.05 an hour, not to exceed $2,605 a month.
Schielke, who is up for re-election in April, has not decided whether he will run again. If the City Council approves the changes, they would go into effect in May for the next mayor and for seven of the 14 aldermen up for re-election next year.
Schielke endorsed freezing the mayor’s salary.
“You have to lead by example here,” he said. “You don’t do this for the money.”
According to a recent survey of compensation for elected officials in nearby communities, Geneva aldermen make $150 every City Council meeting, and St. Charles aldermen are paid $175 each City Council meeting.