Is the Peachtree City Council due for a pay raise?

That’s one of the topics that consumed the City Council during Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

City Manager Jon Rorie said the council members have not received a raise in their $1,000 a month salary since 2007.

Rorie outlined the process for increasing the salary. First, the city would have to advertise the pay hike three times. Second, the City Council would have to vote on the proposal. Third, it could not go into effect until after the November elections.

Councilman Kevin Madden noted the city had made market increases for public safety employees, and a raise could help lure more people to the elections.

Councilmen Mike King and Phil Prebor, who are up for re-election this fall, are not so sure about the proposal.

“I just don’t think that amount would make a difference,” Prebor said.

King was a little more cynical in his approach.

“If I vote against it, they’ll say I’m trying to get elected. If I abstain, I’d probably get the same reaction,” he said. 

In the end, the City Council decided to go ahead and advertise the raise. If passed, council salaries would increase from $1,000 to $1,200 per month, and the mayoral salary would increase from $1,500 a month to $1,800 a month. The budget impact would be just over $12,000 per year.