Ohio Co. residents will vote on City Council pay raises

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Voters in Ohio County can start heading to the polls this week for early voting.

On the ballot, residents will have the option to vote Yes or No for a pay raise for the next Wheeling City Council.

Council has not had a raise since 1992.

Currently, the mayor makes $11,000 a year, while City Council makes $8,500 a year with no health care or pension.

Vice Mayor Chad Thalman says this is significantly lower than many county commissioners, who make about $30,000 a year plus benefits.

Thalman says casting your vote is a unique opportunity.

“Most of the time, all across the country, when city councils vote for a pay raise, they just vote to raise their own pay. Here in Wheeling, City Council took steps to put this on the ballot. So, it’s kind of a unique opportunity that the voters in Wheeling have because they are going to be able to decide whether or not the next city council gets a pay raise,” said Thalman.

Thalman added that serving as the mayor or on council is a huge job, and in order to attract the best candidates, the pay needs to be comparable to other cities.

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