At the last regular council meeting, it was approved by a vote of 4 to 3 to increase by 49% the salary paid to whoever is in the position of Mayor of Ferndale beginning January 1, 2020. But since the agenda had the item as a discussion, there was no ordinance prepared to actually vote on. So it was decided to bring the ordinance to council to be approved at a later date.
At this Wednesday’s formerly canceled and then rescheduled Finance & Administration Committee meeting, they spent all of 2 minutes dealing with the issue.
Councilmember Rebecca Xczar had been the primary proponent of bringing the topic of increasing the mayor’s salary to the council. She attended the committee meeting, sitting in for Councilmember and committee member Kate Hansen. Xczar noted how, with the recent retirement of Councilmember Fred Kennedy, they no longer had the votes needed to get the ordinance approved.
I will just apologize for not being prepared at the council meeting when we voted. Since we are now at a point where we are at a tied vote, there is no reason to continue in my opinion. I would like to potentially table it until later in the year. It would be nice to, since we can do it any time, do it before budget season if we are considering doing it for next year so we know it can be in the budget for the year. If that is okay with everybody we can remove it from the agenda for now and realize that it did not actually pass, which is sad because it was in the paper.
The other 2 committee members, Councilmembers Greg Hansen and Keith Olson, were both in agreement with Xczar’s recommendation.
Olson elaborated on what Xczar had said.
To expand on that, why what she means it is a tie is, Fred was one of the yeses so now it is 3 yes and 3 no. And the mayor cannot vote as a tie-breaker on anything that costs money so in effect he would have lost. So we are just pulling it and, like you say, we can bring it up next week [referring to the City Council retreat on Monday] if we want.