RED SPRINGS — The procedure by which town officials will determine how much of a pay increase they will receive may come up during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the board room in Town Hall, located at 217 S. Main St.
State lawmakers cleared the way for Red Springs’ commissioners and mayor to get a pay bump by approving on Friday legislation that changed the town’s charter. The action came on the last day of the Legislature’s short session and does not need Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature to become law.
The town planned ahead for the possibility of a pay increase, according to Town Manager David Ashburn.
“We just now approved the (fiscal year 2018-19) town budget, and it did have extra money … for that,” Ashburn said.
As it stands, the town’s commissioners are paid $10 per meeting and the mayor is paid $100 a month, making Red Springs’ elected officials the lowest paid in Robeson County of the major municipal governments. The current salaries have been in place for 43 years.
“I’m just glad they chose to allow us to increase the salaries for our commissioners and the mayor,” Mayor Edward Henderson said.
The town’s Human Resources officer will be asked to conduct a survey of North Carolina towns similar in size to Red Springs, determine a salary range among those towns and report the findings to the Board of Commissioners during the board’s August meeting.
Henderson has said he expects the town to land somewhere in “the middle.”
“I’m confident we won’t abuse that,” Henderson said.
The legislation approved in the General Assembly does not specify how much Red Springs’ commissioners and mayor are to be paid.
“The board of commissioners may fix its own compensation and the compensation of the mayor and any other elected officers of the town as authorized by G.S. 160A-64,” HB 1057 reads in part.
The legislation allows any changes to take effect immediately and not after the sitting commissioners’ and mayor’s terms expire.