Richmond city officials vote to decrease their pay

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Wednesday morning city leaders in Richmond voted to reduce the salaries they'll earn in 2015 if they're re-elected.

"We just felt like our salaries were probably too high in relationship to what other cities were doing," said Mayor Jim Barnes.

The vote was the second reading of an ordinance that reduces the mayors salary from $36,296 a year to $24,900.

It also drops city commissioners pay from $29,972.80 a year to $17,900 a year.

Mayor Barnes says the move came after comparing Richmond's elected official's salaries to similar cities around the state.

"It's not life saving revenue," he said. "To me, I want us to be equal, we don't want to be the highest, we don't want to be the lowest."

The vote was 4-1 in favor of the ordinance. City Commissioner Laura King was the dissenting vote. Barnes says he's planning to run for re-election and the move would impact him.

Last year he dropped the pay for himself and commissioners without an ordinance. That move led one commissioner to file suit against the city.

That commissioner, Jim Newby, said he opposed the move in 2013 because it went against state statutes which say pay can't change during an official's term.

He voted for the latest proposal.

Those pay decreases go into effect January 1, 2015.

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