Those who have followed the budget process in Greenville may be surprised to learn the spending plan passed with pay increases for for the mayor and city council members.
The $114 million plan will pay the mayor $200 more per month, while the mayor pro-tem will receive an additional $150 per month. Council members will receive an increase of $100 per month.
In an email to constituents, City Councilman Calvin Mercer wrote, " I believe any increase in elected official salaries, if it happens, should come after airing the issue before the public, most definitely not at the last minute in a budget process." Mercer was the sole vote against the budget.
People in Greenville are also going to be spending more on their sanitation fees as part of the city's budget.
Thursday's Greenville budget meeting passed a motion that will bring curbside pickup up to $11.75 and backyard pickup to $40.80 per month. Interim city manager Thomas Moton says next year, it could increase by even more.
"The second year of the plan is very problematic because there is a significant gap. So this is just the first year, "said Moton
The meeting also addressed the city's reallocation fees announced earlier this week. Greenville owes the state $800,000.