Annual Pay Raise Proposed for St. Peters Board of Aldermen

Annual increases would take effect in May 2016.

St. Peters Board of Alderman will consider pay raises for the first time since 2007.
St. Peters Board of Alderman will consider pay raises for the first time since 2007.
The St. Peters Board of Aldermen is considering reinstating annual pay raise for its members that would be tied to the annual personal living increase in Missouri for the previous year. 

The legislation which will be introduced Thursday would create annual pay raises for aldermen automatically each May starting in May 2016. 

The percent raise would be the same as the percent increase of the personal income of Missouri. In 2012, Missouri's personal income grew 3 percent, for example. 

Board members are paid $14,525 a year. A 3 percent raise would be an additional $435.75. Current members of the Board of Aldermen would have to win re-election to benefit from the annual increase.

The city suspended these automatic raises in 2007. Mayor Len Pagano said one of the reasons to reinstate the raises is so that the city doesn't have to give 30 and 40 percent raises to catch up after many years of not giving any raise.
"It never fails, you do the calculation and you say, holy smokes, they got a 20 percent raise, a 30 percent raise," he said. "I think that's how other governments get in trouble."

In March, the O'Fallon City Council approved a 57 percent pay raise for its members, after going 12 years with no raise.  

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"We are just trying to keep everything even and above board," said Ward 1 Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer. "It's not a big thing, it's small. We're just reinstating it this year." 

Reitmeyer said the city can afford to return to annual pay increases for the board because the economy is picking back up. 

"In talking to carpenters, we're doing good," he said. "People are buying houses, I can see the economy moving pretty good now."

Ward 1 Alderman Terri Violet said she didn't feel comfortable sharing her opinion on the possible pay increase. "I haven't decided what way I'm going to vote," she said. "I haven't finished reading the packet." 

In addition, the Board of Alderman will consider pay raises for people appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

Planning and Zoning Commission members would make $85 a month, up from $75, and Board of Adjustment members would make $75 a month, up from $50 a month. 
will August 07, 2013 at 09:12 AM
So, Our aldermen don't think $15,000/year is enough pay for their minimal part time jobs! Do you remember the crocodile tears when prop p was on the ballot? They were so desperate for funds that they were forced to delay or suspend repairs & maintenance of taxpayer owned buildings, facilities, and equipment. Apparently there's an abundance now that we're forced to pay for more for everything we purchase, including life essentials. 3% AUTOMATIC, annual increase = 12.55% increase ("magic" of compounding) for just 1 term; we should all be so lucky. If they were unhappy with the salary for this part-time job, they should have never put their name on the ballot. If they are currently dissatisfied with the salary, perhaps they should resign their positions and apply for part-time employment elsewhere; may I suggest Walmart, it's always seems to be one of their favorites. They could see how that works out for them. If they insist on proceeding with these AUTOMATIC, annual pay increases, I suggest they also pass a measure providing residents with an AUTOMATIC, annual DECREASE in our real & personal property tax rates by the same percentage as their salary increase.
Tom Barr August 07, 2013 at 10:13 AM
To get the raise they should make every board meeting that is scheduled for that year. When they are missing votes then they are not doing their job in my view. If they don't want to vote for a particular issue then abstain from the vote, but they need to show up. They know well in advance of meetings, there is no reason except for illness or a family emergency.
Nancy applegate August 07, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Cost of living raise, are you kidding me? This is not their primary income. This is a part time gig, that they CHOSE! The city would continue to function without them. The alderman who stated the economy is starting to improve needs a reality check, not a raise.
J. B. August 07, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Why do Gov't employees think they deserve raises just because the calendar flips ??? The residents and certainly the businesses in the City don't get automatic raises, why should politicians?
will August 07, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Nancy: I'm sure the economy would be improving for you also, IF, you could vote for your own pay raise and make it AUTOMATIC every year.
Aaron Hager August 07, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Are they providing more than 3% additional benefit to citizens than prior to the raise? Are they being more than 3% more productive than before? Are they finding more than 3% of waste/fraud/abuse that can negate this pay raise? This is clearly not a living wage , so what is the purpose of matching the cost of living? Pay raises should be earned, not delegated arbitrarily. The reason: "we used to do this", is not sufficient. They don't need to "keep up" with what was in place before, for that reason alone - that is exactly what creates an unsustainable environment.
J. B. August 07, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Guess our Mayor really needs the money, he wrote a letter in another publication crabbing about Laclede Gas charging him $125, or so, for gas while his meter wasn't working, thinking he shouldn't have to pay for it. Maybe he's hard up for a couple bucks.
will August 07, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Don't worry about Pagano; he has his snout, waist-deep in the public trough. Right after getting elected, he had his job changed back to full time so he could get a huge boost in salary. It also gave him a full package of taxpayer funded benefits including medical and retirement. This is in addition to the federal retirement and benefits he draws. Must be why he thinks we can all afford constantly higher taxes and fees.


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