The Sheridan City Council approved on third reading last Monday an ordinance to raise the mayor's salary from $24,000 a year to $48,000.
According to information compiled by the city, the only Wyoming town of comparable size to Sheridan with a lower wage for their mayor is Rock Springs. Rawlins, Cody, Jackson and Green River, smaller towns, all have a combined salary of more than $100,000 for their mayor and city administrator. In anticipation of hiring a city administrator a few years ago the city of Sheridan cut the salary in half, and now since an administrator was never hired the council proposed to put it back to $48,000.
Opponents of the change said that it was bad timing, citing the current state of the economy, layoffs, and no raises for employees in the new year.
The change will go into effect January 1, 2013.
This week's Bank of Sheridan/Sheridan Media.com Poll Question is: Should the City of Sheridan have raised the mayor's salary from $24,000 a year to $48,000?
Let us know what you think, log on to vote and feel free to leave appropriate comments. Then be sure to tune in to the Live Jackson Electric Open Line this Friday on Newstalk 930 KROE.