PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg City Commission voted to allow commissioners to be compensated for their time during its meeting Tuesday.
The commission voted 4-1 in favor of changing city code to pay city commissioners $250 per month for their service. The issue was brought up by Commissioner John Ketterman, who decided to bring the topic forward as an outgoing commissioner.
“I wouldn’t have brought this up if I wasn’t leaving,” Ketterman said. “But you dedicate a lot of time and travel to this job, so I think it’s fair for the commissioners to receive compensation.”
Tuesday’s meeting was the last meeting for Ketterman and Michael Gray, who both supported the change as outgoing commissioners. The two will not see any compensation.
Commissioners Chuck Munsell and Patrick O’Bryan also voted to allow compensation. However, Munsell said when the city puts the payment system in place, he does not want an added burden on the taxpayers.
“We have money we use to give people raises when they get new certifications or education, which is good,” Munsell said. “But some people we give raises to every so often for doing the same job. I think we could look at using that money to compensate the commissioners without putting more burden on the taxpayers.”
Commissioner Jeremy Johnson voted against the change in city code allowing compensation. He said he is happy to serve as a volunteer, as the commissioners do now.
The amount of $250 per month was selected based on what city elected officials in other area towns are paid. Elected officials are paid in Arma, Frontenac and Girard.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.