Selma mayor, town council get big pay raises

SELMA, N.C. (WNCN) – The Selma mayor and town council recently voted to give themselves raises and some taxpayers are questioning why.

The mayor’s salary is about to triple but one council member pointed out that salaries having changed there since the 1990s.

“It’s something that hasn’t been addressed in over 20 years,” town councilman Mark Petersen said.

Petersen voted along with other members and the mayor to increase salaries for their part-time jobs running the town.

Councilmembers’ pay will go from $1,800 a year to $4,800. The mayor’s pay will bump up from $2,400 to $7,200.

The raises take effect July 1.

“Happy for it. I think the town’s getting what they ask for from the council members and also from the mayor. The mayor puts in a lot of time,” Petersen said.

But some taxpayers are worried about other costs going up.

Shirley Hines said she supports the council and mayor’s raises. But she worries about her own bills and worries whether the town could end up raising those.

“They are doing a good job. For the Town of Selma, I think the utilities are kind of high. A lot of people are moving from the Town of Selma because of the utilities,” Hines said.

Town employees are eligible for merit raises.

The town is not raising taxes to pay for the salary hikes but Petersen said he expects some utility rates will go up.

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