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Letter: Raise for Carbondale trustees?

The Carbondale Board of Trustees has been discussing a raise, and we would very much appreciate it if residents would come to Town Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, and provide input.

The trustees currently receive a $600 per month stipend, and the mayor receives $1,000 per month. We are considering a 50 percent increase to $900 (trustees) and $1,500 (mayor). According to the town Finance Department, the trustees last received a raise in 2000.

As a matter of workload, we attend three town meetings per month, two regular meetings and one work session. The meetings are scheduled to last for three hours but sometimes run longer. Each trustee also is a liaison to two or three volunteer or regional boards such as Parks and Rec, Tree Board, Carbondale Public Arts Commission, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and RFTA, to name a few.

A 50 percent bump feels large for some trustees, even if it has been 15 years since the last increase. Truthfully, it hasn’t been a comfortable conversation, and we would be grateful for your thoughts.

Allyn Harvey

trustee, town of Carbondale

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