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City council moves ahead with pay hike for next mayor

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Under proposal, raise would go into effect after election

An ordinance that would raise the mayor’s salary for the City of Owenton was given a first reading Monday.
If approved, the ordinance will raise the mayor’s salary from $12,000 to $18,000 per year and would allot for $300 per month in health and life benefits.
The raise would not become effective until Jan. 1, 2015, following the Owenton mayoral race in November.
Owenton Mayor Doug West, who is running for judge-executive, said the mayor’s salary should be an income that a person can live off of in order to devote full-time hours to the mayor’s office.
Owenton City Councilman Larry Dale Perry spoke up during the Monday meeting and said he thought the salary should be set at $15,000 due to budget concerns.
“I just think [the increase] is a pretty good jump,” Perry said.
Perry did not site any specific items of concern from the budget.
The mayor’s salary can only be increased every four years and according to West, must be done by May 1, to be included in the budget for the next fiscal year.