Public questions proposed pay raise

"I firmly support this as a resident and a former councilperson," said Marco who went on to explain that the New Year's Day public hearing was not an attempt to avoid discourse with residents, but was typical legal procedure.

"There are certain procedures we have to go through," she said. "No one is trying to backdoor this or put it under the rug. The raises have been discussed for the past two years and checking into other the salaries of other municipalities, this is fair."

In similarly sized towns like Guilderland and Malta, board members receive an annual salary of $19,860 and $15,000 respectfully. But, Schenectady County Legislators who represent the interests of municipalities like Rotterdam make just over $14,000 per year.

Last month, the board voted 3-to-2 to amend the supervisor's preliminary budget to include money for the raises. In order to amend board member salaries, the law stipulates that the town has to adopt a local law and hold a public hearing.

If the law is not passed or overturned, the $20,000 budgeted for the raises for four board members would remain unspent in 2008.

According to Town Attorney Girard Parisi, the board will likely vote on the salary increases at their next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9. ""

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