continued “This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Councilman John Pytlovany said. “I certainly believe in this economy that my salary should remain the same.”
Council members Sid Ramotar and Gina Wierzbowski echoed Pytlovany, saying they weren’t aware of the raise. Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant said he was aware of the raises and “understands why he did it.”
The raise, which the board amended to not include for themselves, gave each of the four Town Board members another $204, raising the overall stipend to $47,372. The supervisor’s raise would have added $335 to his salary. The overall cost for all five members to receive a 1.75 percent raise was $1,151.
The two remaining elected officials salaries, town clerk and highway superintendent, will still include a 1.75 percent raise moving forward.
After the meeting Koetzle said he had “no intentions” of giving or not giving the board a raise, so he wanted the board to decide. The tentative budget, which comes before the recently approved preliminary, is considered the supervisor’s budget since board members usually don’t share input until after it is presented.
“I thought it was the board’s decision — it is their pay,” Koetzle said. “I didn’t support a pay raise at all.”