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August 8, 2003

Written by Armen Jeknavorian

Hahira - Small towns with small budgets usually mean less compensation for the mayor and city council members.

At last night's Hahira city council meeting, members voted 2 to 1 to more than double their salaries.

Starting in 2004, the mayor's pay will jump from $1,500 a year to $3,600 and council members will get a raise from $875 to $2,100 a year.

Several citizens opposed the raises, saying the money could be used for improving city services, increasing pay for workers or funding a health insurance program for city employees.

"They knew what they were going to make when they took the job. They're supposed to be dedicated to this public to do a good job. If they felt like they need more money they should have let us know earlier," said Beatrice Folsom.

The Hahira city council surveyed the compensation paid by ten Georgia cities similar in size. This is the first pay increase for the city in ten years.

Posted at 2:45pm by ashley.harper@walb.com