Pay raises for Starkville aldermen, mayor to stand

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — The Starkville board of aldermen has overridden Mayor Parker Wiseman’s veto of salary increases for the mayor and city board members.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the board voted 5-1 this week to override the veto.

On Oct. 1, 2014, the mayor’s salary will increase from $60,000 to $71,500. Aldermen will receive $15,000 per year — $3,000 more than now.

Wiseman had argued last month that salary raises for elected officials should be delayed until all other city salaries were addressed.

Wiseman said he wanted the salary issue for the board and the mayor addressed after Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government completes a survey of municipal salaries and makes recommendations.

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