Last updated: October 21. 2013 10:06PM - 1653 Views
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DELPHOS — City Council unanimously approved a measure Monday to lower the pay of elected officials by 25 percent.

The measure will not take place until the next term for each official. Elected officials in Delphos are the mayor, auditor, treasurer, law director, seven council members and the president of the council.

“It does not go into effect immediately. They can’t give themselves pay raises or decreases while they are seated,” said Greg Berquist, the safety services director for the city.

Mayor Michael Gallmeier is the highest paid elected official at $13,500 a year in the position that is part time, Berquist said.

Councilors make $3,000 a year and the reduction will take them down to $2,250, Berquist said.

“It’s solidarity. There’s not a lot of revenue generated here. It’s trying to show the community we’re all taking hits. We’re trying to show the community we’re all involved, equally,” Berquist said.

The idea to lower the pay of elected officials was proposed by Councilman Josh Gillespie, Berquist said.

“We did furloughs for the hourly staff equal to 7.5 percent and then we did pay reductions for the salaried personnel of 7.5 percent,” Berquist said.

The council passed pay cuts earlier to try to avoid running a deficit next year. Berquist said it’s possible more layoffs could come.

“We know there’s a revenue loss currently and we’re trying not to go into 2014 with a negative number,” he said.

Most of the revenue loss has been due to a decline in income tax, but there’s been other hits to the city such as the loss of local government funding to all municipalities in the state, Berquist said.

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