GHT officials say no to pay hike

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Township Board members were presented the opportunity to raise their salaries on Monday night, but they voted unanimously against it.

"I'm not in favor of taking any kind of (increase)," said Tom Jenkins, whose 16-year run as a township trustee ends Nov. 20. "I still believe that we operate off of the taxpayers, and it is the taxpayers’ money."

Jenkins cited others in the community, such as Grand Haven schoolteachers, who've also sacrificed increases in pay.

The proposal would have hiked the pay for township elected officials by 1.5 percent. The increase was based on the cost of living factor and would have taken effect Jan. 1.

The current supervisor’s annual salary is $18,545, the clerk’s salary is $13,257, the treasurer’s salary is $9,291 and trustees are paid $3,920 each.

Township Supervisor Karl French said this would have been the first wage increase for township officials in several years. He said they've been frozen for four years.

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