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Ask the Times: Members of Gainesville City Council receive up to $20,700
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

What are the “perks” given to the Gainesville council members for their service on the City Council?

Council members receive $4,800 a year for their service, with the mayor making slightly more at $6,000. Council members also have an expense allowance set at $900, with the mayor having an allowance of $1,200, according to information from Gainesville city clerk Denise Jordan.

Council members and the mayor also receive $125 per meeting they attend, with a maximum of 10 meetings per month. The council typically has two meetings and two work sessions per month but members may attend meetings of other entities such as the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, the Joint Municipal Association or even meeting with constituents and file those under the per diem.

Between the salary, per diem and expense allowance, council members can get up to  $20,700 and the mayor $22,200 for the year.

Members also receive benefits, including basic life insurance coverage at $10,000 and the option to purchase dependent life insurance coverage if supplemental life coverage is purchased at the employee premium.

Members also can purchase health, dental and vision coverage at the employee premium as well as Colonial Life and Accident insurance coverage at the employee premium.

How deep is Lake Lanier?

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages Lanier, the deepest part of the lake is 160 feet deep when the lake is at its summer full pool of 1,071 feet above sea level.

Those depths are found on the north side of Buford Dam in the original river channel.  
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