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Council, mayor pay to increase next term

Perham city councilors have approved a small increase in the salaries of council members and the mayor, effective after the next general election on Nov. 4.

The increase is intended to help Perham’s elected officials pay for an iPad, laptop or other computerized device on which to receive and read council packets and other documents and information related to their work for the city.

Currently, such devices are provided to the council and mayor, and are city-owned. City Manager Kelcey Klemm said that often raises the issue of “what happens to it” after an official is done with his or her term. It also clears up any confusion over what is open to the public eye on the devices, and what is considered private.

“A lot of other cities have adopted this same thing,” said Klemm of the change in pay. “Now’s the time to bring it up, before the next general election.”

 The pay is increasing by $300 per year for the mayor, from $4,200 per year to $4,500 per year. Over a two-year term, this means an increase of $600.

For councilors, the pay is going up $800 over a four-year term, from $3,300 per year to $3,500 per year.

The increase was approved on Monday, at the council’s regular monthly meeting.

The last time salaries were increased for councilors and the mayor was in September 2006.