DUNEDIN — The city's finance board moved a recommendation one step forward to increase salaries of city commissioners and the mayor.
The board was asked to consider whether the city should increase the salary of commissioners to $11,500 a year and the mayor's salary to $14,500, up from $8,000 and $10,000, respectively, for the upcoming budget.
There was some debate from board members of whether the increase was reasonable. Those against the raises argued that the elected officials knew they were getting into when they ran. Others said it would be in line with what surrounding cities are paying elected officials.
During last week's Dunedin City Commission meeting, a few residents spoke during public debate and said commissioners and the mayor should receive salary raises.
The next step is for the board to see how it will impact the incoming year's proposed budget, city clerk Denise Kirkpatrick said. The recommendation, if approved, would go into effect this October and apply to the current elected officials.