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Manchester considers procedure change in elected official compensation

By: Bonnie Krueger


A bill was introduced at the Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting on March 5 that would establish a new means of calculating compensation for elected officials in office prior to April 3 of this year.

Currently, the Mayor receives $450 for each regular board meeting and the six aldermen are compensated at $225 per board meeting. Board meetings occur on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Under the proposed ordinance, the mayor would receive $900 monthly and aldermen would receive $450 monthly. The amount per month is unchanged; however, the new ordinance changes the way payment is distributed. Elected officials would not receive additional compensation for ancillary meetings, such as the budget sessions or special meetings held during the year.

The proposed ordinance adds language that addresses absences by the mayor or aldermen at the board’s regular monthly meetings. Under the proposed ordinance, the mayor elected on April 3 and his successors in office may have two excused absences per year at the regular monthly meetings. After two excused absences, not including canceled board meetings, the mayor will have $450 deducted for each absence and, following the same guidelines, aldermen will have $225 deducted for each board meeting absence.

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