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Do you think city council members pay should change from the current rate of $5 per meeting to $100 per month?

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Jack Golden
Joplin Citizens will have an opportunity to vote on increasing Council members pay. A vote to increase pay would not affect current Council members pay. I would vote the way the people vote.

Harvey Hutchinson
Whatever I receive will be donated to church and charity; so it will not affect me personally. I think the $5 is too much, It is a volunteer position. No compensation is paid to school board members who also put in long hours.

Miranda Lewis
While I understand and appreciate the recommendation to update the council member compensation from the 1950s rate, I do not feel it is necessary. Being elected to city council is an opportunity to serve the community and its citizens, which I feel is a voluntary position. If council members incur expenses conducting business on behalf of the council, those expenses can be reimbursed with council approval. I don’t feel any further compensation is necessary.

Trisha Raney
This is a question that was reviewed by the Charter Review Committee. It was their recommendation to place this change on the ballot, and it will be on the ballot on April 8. I believe it is up to the voters to decide what is fair compensation for the time and efforts of Council Members.

Mike Seibert
NO. I am elected, but the time commitment to Council is my way to give back to the community that has meant so much to me. In addition, if a council member incurs and expense while serving- that expense is reimbursed with council approval.

Gary Shaw
I did not seek a seat on Joplin City Council for pay, but to serve my community. I was not around when the present pay was established, I can only guess that it might have been thought to help cover some of the expenses council members might incur while visiting land to be re-zoned or where proposed projects might be developed. At today’s cost of gasoline that would purchase about 2.9 gallons of fuel per month.

This item is on the upcoming ballot in April and the Joplin citizens will decide what they feel is proper. Personally, I am just honored to serve on the council.

Ryan Stanley
I do not have an interest or concern in what City Council members get paid. My effort, passion, and my motivation will not be impacted by the pay-scale. $1,000,000 per month would get my attention, but that feels a little excessive.

Jim West
I think the City Council should be paid the recommended $100, and monthly.

Mike Woolston
All candidates for city council know, or should know, that the position pays $10 per month and thus is basically a volunteer position. Some indicate that a pay increase would offset expenses of driving around town to check projects, checking properties up for rezoning, checking citizen complaints, etc. However, we already have a system in place that allows council members to be reimbursed for mileage, taking someone to lunch to talk about city business, etc. In fact, just a few years ago, council approved a concept whereby members were pre-approved up to $50 per month for city related expenditures as long as the expenses were properly documented. Some members have taken advantage of this process requesting mileage reimbursement for city business and were reimbursed with no disagreement from the council. Given how well this new process seems to be working, I am perfectly comfortable with leaving the council pay at the current $10 per month.

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