West casts tie-breaking vote for raise

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By Molly Haines

A vote to approve a second reading on an ordinance that would raise the mayor’s salary $6,000 per year needed a tiebreaker to pass during a special-called Owenton City Council meeting Monday.
Council members Larry Dale Perry, Doris Ann Riley and Rita Osborne each voted no to the increase, which will also come with $300 a month in health benefits.
Bob Osborne, Bob Walker and Gerald Powell each voted yes to the ordinance.
Owenton Mayor Doug West broke the tie with a yes vote.
The issue was discussed during the council’s regular meeting in a closed session. The first reading of the ordinance was held during a special meeting earlier this month.
West said he had originally proposed the mayor’s salary to be set at $35,000 in order for the city’s next mayor to be able to dedicate full-time hours to the elected position.
The Carrollton City Council recently voted to increase its mayor’s salary to $28,875.42 per year, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Carrollton is a fourth-class city with a population of nearly 4,000.
Perry argued Monday that the position was never intended to be a full-time job and that he could agree to $15,000, but $18,000 is “just too much.”
The current salary for the mayor was set in 2010 under then-mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier at $12,000.
The salary increase would not become effective until Jan. 1, 2015.