Should the Mobile City Council get Pay Raises?

Should the Mobile City Council get Pay Raises?

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Fred Richardson has served on the Mobile City Council for 17 years and says he's has never gotten a raise.

So he's drawn up a plan to change that. Richardson has drafted a resolution, to present to the Alabama Legislature that will make it so when city employees get a raise, so do the mayor and city council members. It's the same law that's was passed 13 years ago for Mobile County Commissioners.

"It doesn't seem fair that we have far more responsibilities. They don't have a police force, they don't have a fire department," said Richardson.

But unlike council members, commissioners are full time employees, making just over 79 thousand dollars a year. City council members make an across the board salary of 32 thousand 500 dollars. Richardson says being consider part-time doesn't fit his line of work anymore.

"When I came to work, we had a beeper. Today, we got cell phones, emails, we can send a message to somebody. it;s unlimited the ways the citizens can communicate with us. Part-time is just a figment of somebody's imagination. You can't be part-time and you have to respond 24 hours a day."

So should the city council get a raise when city employees?

"For people that's been employed by the city council for a long time possibly, they may need a raise. but i would like to see our people that are defending all of us and protecting us get a raise first," said Linda Clark.

"Lets let the government employees get a raise first then talk about the city councilmen," said Patrick Gay.

"Yes I do..it's the city of Mobile. They work for the city they sacrifice to better our city and they deserves raises," said Daniel Jones.

The city council will vote on the resolution during tomorrow's council meeting.

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