Council corrects salary mistake

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By Molly Haines

After nearly two years and a change in the city administration, pay increases for the Owenton City Council and mayor have finally been properly approved.
The council approved the mayor’s salary to be raised in 2010 from $8,500 a year to $12,000 a year. The council’s salaries were raised from $2,400 to $5,400 a year. at the same time.
The raises took place under then-mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier by a motion and a second.
According to Owenton Mayor Doug West both he and the council had been receiving the salaries set in 2010, but a 2011 audit of city finances indicated the salaries must be set by ordinance, which requires a first and second reading.
An ordinance establishing the salaries set in 2010 was given a first reading Sept. 11 and a second reading Monday.
According to the ordinance, the mayor will also receive reimbursement for his supplement for health insurances and life insurance in the amount of $5,000, which is the same for all full-time employees.
West said salaries are set every two to four years.
In other action, the council also held a second reading on its tax rates for 2012.
The council took the compensating rate.
The real property rate will be $0.2920 on each $100 worth of real property; the personal property rate will be $0.2730 and the vehicle rate will be $0.2829.
A trick or treat date for Halloween was also set. Trick or treat will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.