The Waynesboro Borough Council and mayor will be getting raises in 2014 under a vote from Wednesday’s council meeting.
Each council member is currently paid $1,800 a year. Starting in January, that rate will increase to $3,000 a year.
Mayor Richard Starliper’s annual salary will increase from $2,500 to $3,700.
The six-member council approved the new rates on a 3-2-1 vote. Voting in favor were councilmen Ben Greenawalt, Craig Newcomer and Jason Stains. Voting against passing the ordinance were Mike Cermak and Darrel Potts. Wayne Driscoll abstained from the vote because he said he would be affected by the raise.
The elected officials did not discuss the matter before the vote. They decided the raises should be drafted as an ordinance at the May 15 meeting.
Because the Borough of Waynesboro’s population exceeded 10,000 people for the first time in the 2010 U.S. Census, the council members were eligible for a bigger salary increase, according to Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.
The state’s borough code indicates the maximum annual salary before the 10,000-people mark was $2,500, Hamberger said May 15. The maximum annual salary for the next classification, of which Waynesboro is now part, is $3,250 a year, he said.
The maximum yearly salary for the mayor is $7,500.
The municipality’s population reached 10,568 in the 2010 U.S. Census.
Greenawalt and Newcomer, whose terms expire this year, started the process to raise the pay effective after they no longer are on the board.
Council members did not get an increase in the past 10 years, Greenawalt said.
After being elected by write-in, Cermak said he was surprised to learn the council positions came with pay.
“We’re here to serve,” he said.