Update, July 15: Flowery Branch City Council’s pay is going up 50% effective Jan. 1, 2022.
The council voted Thursday, July 15, to bump up the mayor’s pay from $500 monthly to $750 and council members’ pay from $400 monthly to $600. A final vote is scheduled for Aug. 5.
Council members rallied around the raise in comments at the meeting.
“$400 is an absolute steal for a city councilman,” Councilman Joe Anglin said. “And $500 is a ridiculous steal for a mayor.”
Several residents speaking during the meeting’s public comments time also supported the pay hike, with one person saying “you’re not making nearly enough.”
The pay hike was being sought in the wake of a study of council member/mayor pay in other cities in the area and of similar size in Georgia.
“The analysis was prepared internally by contacting other municipalities,” Interim City Manager Vickie Short said earlier this week.
In an email this week, Farah also said she supported the raise.
“In the time I have been on council, the amount of time required to properly review items/issues coming before the city has increased tremendously,” she said. “We have experienced unprecedented growth as well as change, and thus the amount of time and effort that the council and mayor must put in in order to do their due diligence and thoughtfully research and consider things has also increased.
“The two regularly scheduled council meetings each month represent only a fraction of the work we do.”
Flowery Branch City Council is set to vote to give itself a 50% percent raise.
The council is looking to raise the mayor’s pay from $500 monthly to $750 and council members’ pay from $400 monthly to $600, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
A vote on the pay hike is set for Thursday, July 15. The final vote is scheduled for Aug. 5.
The pay hike is being proposed in the wake of a study of council member/mayor pay in other cities in the area and of similar size in Georgia.
“The analysis was prepared internally by contacting other municipalities,” Interim City Manager Vickie Short said Tuesday, July 13.
Mayor Mike Miller said he believes the raise is warranted as the city has seen tremendous growth since 1995, when council and mayor got its last raise.
“If we want qualified and dedicated people to serve our city, then we need to get that pay at a rate where it’s going to entice (them),” he said.
Miller won’t be affected by the increase, as he has announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election this year. His last day in office is Dec. 31, 2021. The election is Nov. 2.
Three at-large City Council seats are also on the ballot. The council seats are held by Joe Anglin, Amy Farah and Leslie Jarchow. Their terms also end Dec. 31.
People interested in running can file paperwork Aug. 16-18 at City Hall, 5410 W. Pine St. Qualifying fees are $180 for mayor and $144 for council.