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