Alaska city council introduces ordinance to pay its members
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Alaska city council introduces ordinance to pay its members

BETHEL, Alaska — An Alaska city council has introduced a measure to begin paying council members for their previously uncompensated service.

KYUK-AM reported Thursday that the Bethel City Council discussed an ordinance proposal to pay its members $100 for every regular council meeting, $25 for each special city council meeting and water and sewer subsidies up to several hundred dollars per month.

The council in western Alaska will vote on the ordinance May 14 and a public vote will be held before it takes effect, although the council can pass an “advisory vote” overriding the public vote.

The council member who introduced the ordinance says it is comparable to other small Alaska communities where officials are paid.

One council member opposes council pay, while another says the amount is too high.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

The Associated Press

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