GHT officials say no to pay hike

The elected officials of Grand Haven Township have decided against giving themselves a pay raise.
Alex Doty
Nov 13, 2012


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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



I assume they did this so they can pay for the new fire truck.. I know that will not cover the totally $53,000.00 price increase from the original price agreement, but its a start. Now hopefully we don't get a wage or benefit increase for Mr Cargo or any of his mafia group.

Any chance we can get a copy of the fire department employee union contract posted on the Twp website like the school employees have...


I would like to see a public article that covers the salaries of local community leaders, such as the Council members, Supervisors, Mayors and Presidents of the Tri-Cities. Please include the benefits also for I believe that we will discover that Grand Haven Township just might be low in comparison to there neighbors but I am not certain. However the taxpayers I am sure, would be very interested in the information, how about it Grand Haven Tribune or any competitors.

Cheryl Welch

Great suggestion, Zegota! Reporter Alex Doty is on the case.




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