There will be a public hearing in Middletown later this month on a law that would increase the mayor’s salary from $39,000 a year to $75,000.
The resolution passed 8-1 Tuesday night. Supporters of the raise said they think it will attract more people to run, and is more in line with the job duties and with how much other area municipalities pay full-time mayors and supervisors. The salary hasn’t gone up since 2001.
Alderman Michael Amodio voted no. He said he would’ve supported it earlier in the year, but not now, when it’s too late for anyone else to run. Joe DeStefano is running unopposed for his fifth term as mayor this year.
“I thought the timing could have been more in the first quarter in the year, if in fact we’re looking to attract candidates,” he said before the vote.
Amodio also suggested phasing it in — raising the pay $9,000 a year for four years. Several other aldermen who spoke disagreed with this idea.
“The job is worth $75,000 a year,” said Alderwoman Kate Ramkissoon. “Frankly, it’s worth more. It’s not a gift we’re giving him for four years. It’s what he deserves.”
The hearing will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16 in the mayor’s office. The law takes effect Jan. 1.