MASSENA - While he was not present at last months meeting when the village board adopted its budget, which included $2,000 per year raises for board members, village Trustee Timothy J. Ahlfeld said Tuesday night he would have supported the increase.
Absolutely, he said, declining to elaborate on why.
I have no other comment other than I would support it, he said.
Now that the budget has been adopted and trustees will see their 2013-14 salaries increase by 50 percent up to $6,000, the two trustees who voted against the raises had differing views of what theyll be doing with the extra money.
Trustee Francis J. Carvel said while the raise is a done deal, hes not planning on personally benefitting from the additional money.
Im thinking of giving most of it away, he said. I havent decided where yet, but Ill give it away to some non-profit or something.
When asked if she would accept the raise, Trustee Patricia K. Wilson said she would, noting she wasnt opposed to any raise, she was just opposed to a 50 percent raise.
I suggested, if we could get a unanimous vote, we should take $1,000 instead of $2,000, she said.
The budget, which was adopted by a 3-1 vote, with Mr. Carvel voting in opposition and Mr. Ahlfeld not present also calls for Mayor James F. Hidy to receive a salary increase of $5,000 or $41.7 percent from $12,000 to $17,000.
Those who supported the raises pointed out that in 2010, trustees took a $1,000 pay cut that saw their salaries drop from $5,000 to $4,000. Then-Mayor Randy G. DeLosh saw his salary drop $3,000 from $15,000 to $12,000.