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Panel recommends $1,300 raise for FD council members

No increase recommended for mayor

February 12, 2013

Fort Dodge City Council members ought to get a raise, but the mayor should not, a panel charged with reviewing the elected officials’ pay recommended Monday....

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BigSlik1944

Feb-12-13 11:43 AM

I'm sorry but these council members knew the pay scale when they ran for office. Now our property taxes are going up, their salary is going up and my wife just turned 65 so she lost her Medicaid. Council members should be in this for wanting to help their community, not the money.

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joecanavan

Feb-12-13 1:50 PM

disagree... they don't need a raise. and go figure the ones wamting it are the ones who want or city to go in the tank...

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TAXEDENOUGH

Feb-12-13 2:49 PM

All the congressmen, county supervisors and all elected officials know what the pay is before they run and they still get pay raises. The City manager knew what his pay was before taking the job but he still gets a pay raise every year. The County supervisors make over $30,000 for their part time job with one meeting a week that they don't always attend. How did that pay get that high for a part time job? That is more then most fulltime employees in the area make. I guess when the state makes a law where you get to pick who is on your salary board it is only a matter of time when the pay gets out of control. We need to change that law but it is hard to buck the political system.

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dodgerbob

Feb-12-13 2:52 PM

Mark Taylor wants to tax schools, churches and hospitals. Now we know why. He wants a pay raise.

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jamesf

Feb-12-13 6:17 PM

I always thought you wanted to be a council member because you cared and wanted to make the city a better place, not to make extra money. How many of the members are retired and getting pensions?

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jamesf

Feb-12-13 6:20 PM

No one is forced to be on the council. You feel under paid? Quit.

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jamesf

Feb-12-13 6:33 PM

Better yet, you knew what the job paid, so why did you want it? Power, presteige, ego, perhaps voting yourselves more money?

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ozzy2012

Feb-12-13 7:07 PM

How many other ways can they think of to get more money from the citizens. Everytime i read anything on here it has something to do with cash.

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jamesf

Feb-12-13 7:17 PM

Ozzy, there will be a study on that someday.

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jamesf

Feb-12-13 7:19 PM

Disagree, your opnion?

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SharonO

Feb-12-13 11:18 PM

I find it hard to believe that people are so hateful. Who cares if they are retired and get pensions, so only the young working ones are entitled? Where is the reasoning behind that? I didnt read anywhere in here that said the nominated themselves for raises, pretty sure it said a panel reccomends it. Im pretty sure they were the ones who said no to new taxes

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truthhurts

Feb-12-13 11:19 PM

i agree they don't need a raise but at the same time several council members turnaround and donate their pay to local charities. the higher up the political food chain you go the worse the out of control the pay, perks & benefits get.

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skywalker

Feb-12-13 11:57 PM

With the council/ manager form of government, the mayor's job isn't what it use to be. Some other cities just rotate the mayor's part time duties amongst themselves every year. It eliminates a needless salary. They can give their council members a little extra, and still save money.

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skywalker

Feb-13-13 12:03 AM

I meant to say the council members would be the ones who share the mayors duties.

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ftdodger

Feb-13-13 12:11 AM

So if these 3 are greedy, it's safe to assume the other 4 will save the city and vote this measure down?

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FDFIRST

Feb-13-13 4:52 AM

It seems that unless the pay is Substantially increased, your going to continue to get the same lame- brained, knuckle- draggers( any reference to Hill, Taylor, Wilson or other council members is unintentional).

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areyoukiddingme

Feb-13-13 11:58 AM

Before I start let me preface with this, I think they should get a raise. It has been along time since the last one and they do a lot for the city. I also realize the board voted not the council members. I just find it funny the ones that vote no, rant, and rave about how we are in tough times. They also say, and am paraphrasing, why do city employees need a dime more are the same ones in the article saying oh i have not gotten a raise in a while and gas has went up. Making the plee to get themselves more money. If they were so concerned about the state of affairs and so dead against city employees getting a dime more then why this:Before acting on its recommendation for the council raise, the board heard from councilmen Dean Hill, Mark Taylor and Don Wilson. Hill said during the winter he spends 20 to 30 hours a week on city business. During the summer, he said, he can spend in excess of 40 hours a week on council duties because of increased complaints from citizens."

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areyoukiddingme

Feb-13-13 12:05 PM

And this: "Wilson said the price of gasoline has doubled in the 10 years he's been on the council.

Taylor said he spends 20 to 30 hours a week on council business."

Seems to me it looks like hey if it favors me, then sure show me the money. If it does not then No, No, and more No.

Again I am for the raise they deserve it, but don't fight passionately for no money to be given to city employees and then next week say hey I could use some of that money. Seems funny.

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thetruth

Feb-13-13 12:29 PM

IF this council votes to increase council pay, it does not take effect until after the fall elections - Jan. 2014.

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areyoukiddingme

Feb-13-13 12:33 PM

yeah

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forprogress

Feb-13-13 10:25 PM

Folks, are you really that surprised?!? Taylor routinely puts his proverbial foot in his mouth with issues of self-interest and self-promotion only to once again look the fool. Wilson is no different. Anyone who would vote a raise for themselves, while at the same time touting spending cuts, reveals their true lack of character. I actually think Hill is a good guy but in this case is not focusing on the bigger picture. The council seats should be viewed as a way to serve the city BEFORE serving one’s own interests. Bucking for a raise in the face of budget woes is just plain wrong.

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forprogress

Feb-13-13 10:30 PM

As for the mayor, he does more than just sit in at council meetings. He spends his own money, and many hours as well, supporting the future of the city. He was heavily involved in the actions that helped woo Cargill and CJ to our area. He also takes the time out of his own schedule to research current trends in other city government and familiarize himself with the options open to us as we try to advance. Matt has a lot to learn yet, but he is doing a great job of trying to position us for future growth. And not just Matt either, Alstott, Flattery and Fritz seem to work toward overall, PLANNED and well thought out growth.

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Anderson

Feb-14-13 11:29 AM

'Tis said, "You get what you pay for!"

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skywalker

Feb-14-13 1:07 PM

We also paid for the mayor and other hangers on to go to Washington, which was more of a paid vacation. At least the panel did not increase the mayor's salary. Taylor, Wilson, Patterson and Hill have been the main watchdogs for questioning the spending of our money, and they listen to the majority. Since we do not have the "strong mayor" form of government anymore, most of the old mayor's duties have become obsolete. We probably have one of the highest paid part time mayor and the lowest paid council members for our situation. Having a paid separate mayor right now is not necessary. At the last election, I heard that both the candidates for mayor each spent $10,000 to campaign for a position that has been basically replaced. That's bad financial budgeting right out of the gate. Be thankful for the council members who represent the majority. I wonder how the mayor would have responded if the panel would had recommended a raise for him?

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Fairplay

Feb-14-13 8:11 PM

$6100/$3.50 per gallon = 1742 gallons of gas. 20 mpg in PT Cruiser. 1742 gallons x 20 mpg = 34,857 miles available. Wilson's house to city hall and back = 4 miles. 8714 trip to city hall per year. That gives him 24 round-trips to city hall per day...everyday....all year long.

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