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Local Government

Batavia City Council votes to freeze pay for aldermen, mayor

BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council on Monday voted to keep aldermen’s pay at $200 a City Council meeting and to freeze the mayor’s salary.

Aldermen voted, 11-3, for the freeze, to keep the treasurer’s salary at $600 annually, and to increase the city clerk’s compensation by 10 percent annually for the next four years, beginning in May.

Fourth Ward Alderman Jim Volk voted “no.” Although he agreed the city clerk needed a raise, Volk said he still supported a proposal to cut aldermen’s pay.

The Batavia City Council Government Services Committee last month recommended, 4-0, a freeze on the aldermen and mayor’s salary. The issue was sent back to committee after aldermen couldn’t agree on a proposal to cut aldermen’s pay by 10 percent and freeze the mayor’s salary.

Aldermen had debated a proposal to cut their pay from $200 to $180 for each City Council meeting. Their pay was increased from $180 to $200 in 2004.

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.

He has endorsed freezing the mayor’s salary.

“You have to lead by example here,” he said previously. “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 for each City Council meeting.

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