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Holland City Council Gets a Raise

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- Wednesday night’s Holland City Council meeting addressed a pay raise for the mayor and council, among other matters.  The Compensation Committee, represented by Nathan Bocks, recommended a two point four percent pay raise.  Without a motion, the raise would go into effect.  First Ward Councilman Mike Trethewey made the motion to NOT accept the raise.  He said he appreciates the offer but he didn't run for office for the money.  Trethewey  went on to say he doesn't belive that he has ever voted for a raise and that the last time the Council got a raise, the money was donated back to the city.  Other Council members remarked that they aren't on the Council for the money but the Compensation Committee put in the work to make the recommendation and they should appreciate that effort.  The motion to reject the raise did not get a two-thirds majority vote.  That means that the raise is in effect as of July 1, 2013.

Story by:  Diane E Coston