WS Council Approves Salary Increases

The White Salmon City Council voted unanimously to approve a Personnel and Finance Committee recommendation to increase the salaries of the Mayor and City Councilors.  Monthly compensation for Councilors will go from the current $166 per month to $225 starting after the November 2023 election for two positions and in 2025 for the other two, while the Mayor’s salary moves from $655 to $2,000 a month once the ordinance becomes official.  That’s because unlike Councilors, the Mayor does not get to vote on the proposal.  Councilor Jason Hartmann, who was on the Personnel and Finance Committee, said during deliberation the mayoral increase reflects the 20 to 30 hour nature of that job.  Mayor Marla Keethler said the compensation level was an issue when seeking candidates to run for Council positions.

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