COLUMBIA CITYâ The title âmayorâ can mean a variety of roles and responsibilities, dependent on who sits behind the desk and what city that desk is in.
Several of Columbia Cityâs Councilmen agreed that the cityâs mayorâs position is worth more than its current salary â $56,600.
âI want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,â Councilman Dan Weigold said. âWhen you look at what all Columbia Cityâs mayor is responsible for, itâs quite extensive â heâs running a multi-million dollar operation.â
Weigold was referring to the cityâs utilities. While Columbia City provides its own water, electric and sewer utilities, other cities donât.
âLooking at evaluations of other citiesâ mayors, the pay scale is all over the place,â Weigold said. âSome donât have utilities to deal with, some do. I think itâs fair to say our mayor needs to be paid adequately for the work thatâs being done.â
In the U.S., the average salary for a mayor is $62,000 â nearly $6,000 more than Columbia City pays its mayor.
Weigold made mention of the communityâs questions of whether the mayorâs position is full-time or part-time.
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