Public not riled over PTC Council raise

Fri, 08/03/2007 - 10:44am
By: John Munford

A small handful of residents addressed the Peachtree City Council Thursday night about a potential doubling of the salary for the mayor and council members.

At first no one stepped to the microphone to speak for or against the proposal. Councilwoman Cyndi Plunkett, who is supporting the salary increase, practically begged the few citizens in attendance for input.

"Does anybody care?" wisecracked Mayor Harold Logsdon.

Several residents said they wanted to make sure Council takes care of raises for the city's police officers and firefighters. Plunkett said now that the city has adopted its budget for the coming year, council can study the public safety salaries in further detail.

The salaries for mayor and council, currently at $9,000 and $6,000 respectively, have not been changed since 1985.

Responding to a question from a citizen at last week's meeting, Plunkett noted that since 1985 the city has raised police officer salaries more than the cost of living index. Had the cost of living index simply been followed, officers would be earning just under $25,000 but in fact the current starting salary for an uncertified police officer is $30,942, Plunkett noted.

Plunkett added that although the city was going through budget meetings in June which skewed the meeting times a little as opposed to the average month, the council spent more than 28 hours in meetings alone.

That figure "does not count the 175 emails I responded to or the phone calls I returned, which I don't keep up with," Plunkett said.

Councilman Stuart Kourajian noted that the proposed salary increases are in line with the average mayor and council salaries of the other 11 cities of similar populations compared to Peachtree City.

Council is expected to vote on the matter at its Aug. 16 meeting after conducting a second public hearing on the matter.

Plunkett has said increasing the salaries will help encourage more people to run for office.

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Submitted by John M on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 2:12pm.

Yeah sure, you hold a hearing during summer break while everyone is out on vacation and that's suppose to show citizen approval.

Ms. Plunkett has a screw loose.

"I'm NOT John Munford"

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