Raises recommended for Mayor and Clerk

Posted at 7:52 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 16:28:26-04

 The Elected Officers Compensation Commission (EOCC) gathered at
Lansing's City Hall Friday to determined whether the city's elected officials should get a raise.

" We previously voted on it so there were no formal changes today," said Liisa Speaker, Chairperson of the EOCC. " It was just making some tweaks in the language."

After reviewing documents, the EOCC recommended that Lansing's Mayor and City Clerk receive raises in their salary.

The Mayor's salary would go up to $129,684, and the City Clerk's pay would be raised to $87,936 on July 1, 2017 if City Council allows it.

"The Council gets to decide whether they will accept it or reject it by doing nothing," Speaker said.

At- Large Council Member Carol Wood says right now is not an appropriate time for raises.

"I just believe that you have to look at the economy ... before making a decision to raise the salary of public officials," Wood said.

But for the EOCC, they say right now is the right move.

"We decided it was better to have increases slowly every time we meet rather than no increase year after year," says Speaker.