Coun­cil re­jects salary hikes

Hodge casts lone dis­sent­ing vote



— Two bills that would have raised the salaries of county coun­cil mem­bers and the county ex­ec­u­tive by $2,000 were de­feated on Tues­day night — but the vote wasn’t unan­i­mous.

The coun­cil has been wran­gling with the is­sue for sev­eral weeks now af­ter re­ceiv­ing hundreds of emails and calls from cit­i­zens in op­po­si­tion to the raise af­ter an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the in­crease. Op­po­nents ar­gued that it’s not good tim­ing for raises, as they will in­crease spend­ing, won’t at­tract bet­ter can­di­dates, are un­fair and will de­tract from other ar­eas of the bud­get that could ben­e­fit from the money. At the pub­lic hear­ing for the bill last month, Ce­cil County Cam­paign for Lib­erty, a con­ser­va­tive po­lit­i­cal group, sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion signed by 300 peo­ple who op­posed the raise.

The coun­cil first voted on a bill ask­ing for the five mem­bers of the county coun­cil to re­ceive a raise from $25,000 an­nu­ally to $27,000 an­nu­ally, ef­fec­tive Dec. 3, 2018, when the terms of all five


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