By Matthew Saari

Village trustee George Armstrong believes Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith deserves a pay raise.

Village trustee George Armstrong

Armstrong floated the idea toward the end of a recent village board meeting.

“You do more work in one month than I did for the town in six months,” Armstrong said. “And I got paid more money.”

The village budget for 2018-2019 set aside $3,953 for the mayor’s “personal service.” The budget also notes this has remained flat dating back to the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Assuming a standard work week, the mayor of Whitehall earns a wage of $1.90 per hour. Even assuming a part-time work schedule, the mayor earns a kingly ransom of $3.80 per hour. By comparison, the mayor of Granville is paid $6,000 per year.

As town supervisor Armstrong said he was paid close to $6,000 for the town of Whitehall and received $18,000 from the county for his services.

“This board needs to address that,” Armstrong said. “This job is huge; it’s extremely complicated.”

 

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