The Snellville City Council is raising the annual salaries of the mayor and councilmembers for the first time since 1983.
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Snellville City Council votes to double salaries after next election

Snellville’s mayor and city council members will be getting a pay raise, but not until after the next election cycle.

The City Council voted Monday night to double councilmembers’ and the mayor’s pay after the November 2019 election. The mayor’s pay will go from $6,000 per year to $12,000 per year, and councilmembers’ pay will go from $4,000 to $8,000 annually. 


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Current officials won’t see a bump in their paycheck unless they are re-elected when their current terms expire. Some councilmembers’ terms don’t expire until 2021, and they will continue to be paid at their current rate of $4,000 per year until they begin a new term.

The new salaries were determined after examining pay rates in similarly sized cities, according to a press release.

Councilwoman Cristy Lenski proposed the increase, according to a city release. Snellville last raised the pay for its mayor and council in 1983. Since then, the city’s population has doubled, increasing the workload of city government, Lenski said in proposing the pay hike, according to the city. Lenski’s term expires in 2021, so she will not see the pay increase for at least three years. 


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