The council will consider raising the next mayor’s salary from $54,000 to $63,000 per year, while the next council’s salary will be increased from $7,200 to $12,000 annually, if the ordinance passes.
The salaries are effective January 2013 when the next four-year term begins for the new mayor and council, who will be elected in November 2012.
The mayor’s salary has not been adjusted since December 2003, while the council’s salary has not been altered since the city’s Home Rule Charter was adopted in 1987.
As per city ordinance, the salaries must be adopted no later than the second to last year of the current mayor and council’s terms, meaning 2011 is the last year they can adopt them.
Because he has served two consecutive terms, Mayor Tim Matte must sit out at least one election cycle, in accordance with the city’s Home Rule Charter, which limits mayors to no more than two consecutive, four-year terms of service at a time.
Council members are not term limited.
Also on today’s agenda is the proposed revocation of a liquor permit for LeBoeuf’s Oyster Bar, which was included in a public hearing before the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control during the past month. The establishment was cited twice during the past year, once each for purchasing alcohol from an unauthorized alcohol wholesaler and for sale of alcohol to a person under age 21.
The council also will hear a plan on upcoming road rehabilitation, which will be funded with monies from a 0.3 sales tax, and consider resolutions for two changes orders on Cypress Park, Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation, retaining auditors and promulgation of results from the Nov. 19 election.
The council also will hold the first reading of an ordinance amending its 2012 budget to reflect changes from the recently passed sales tax collection for road repairs, including such items as debt service and anticipates a second reading and subsequent adoption of an ordinance amending its 2011 budget.
The council also will consider recommendations from its finance committee.
Today’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the City Court Building, corner of Business 90 East and Myrtle Street. It is open to the public.