Rossford City Council members approved a raise for future council members in a very close vote.
The pay raise will not go into effect until after the November 2013 election. At that time, council members can expect a raise of about $400.
Council members have been discussing the raise for more than a month. After doing some research, council President Larry Oberdorf says they realized they are one of the lowest paid councils in all of northwest Ohio by hundreds of dollars.
Oberdorf says it has been more than 20 years since council members have received a raise. The raise will apply to newly elected or re-elected officials. Their pay will go from $250 a month to $600.
Oberdorf believes the increased pay is fair, based on the time council members dedicate to the city.
"I receive a tremendous amount of calls at night. People are asking me different questions when I go out to the drug store. And I feel as though we definitely deserve that. Did I get into council work just for the pay? absolutely not, but I think there's justification for the increase," explained Oberdorf.
Council members that rejected the ordinance say residents should reserve the right to vote on city officials' pay. However, the vote passed 4 to 3.
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