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Bozeman City Commission votes to increase their own pay

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: Dec 03 2013 05:35:30 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 03 2013 06:24:12 PM MST
Bozeman City Commission votes to increase their own pay
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman City Commissioners approved a measure Monday night that raises the monthly pay for the commissioners and for the mayor.

Commissioners voted to increase their own pay from $900 a month to $1,200; a $300 a month raise.

The proposal would also trigger a $450 raise for the mayor, raising the salary to $1,800 a month.

NBC Montana spoke to Deputy Mayor Jeff Krauss, who voted against the ordinance, and Commissioner Chris Mehl, who voted in favor of the increase, about what influenced their decision.

"I'm not sure why anybody, having observed the corrupting power of money, would want to introduce more money into the political equation," Krauss said.

"I don't want city commissioner to be a job that's only open to people who are wealthy retirees whose kids are grown," Mehl explained. "We need that diversity of people on the City Commission so that we have a broader point of view, and we're making decisions that represent the whole community, not just a slice of the community."

The changes won't go into effect until January 2016.