The Riviera Beach City Council is considering giving each counci - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

The Riviera Beach City Council is considering giving each council member a $12,000 pay hike

AP GRAPHICS BANK AP GRAPHICS BANK

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - The Riviera Beach City Council is considering giving each council member a $12,000 pay hike. 

The vote will take place at the city's utilities board meeting, which members of the city council are a part of. 

If approved, it would bring their part-time pay to $31,000, a 63% hike.

City Manager Ruth Jones is behind the proposal and says the council deserves to be compensated. She says since the utility district was formed in 2004, the board has worked for free.

"This amount will compensate the members of the utility district's board of directors for the additional time and work the city feels is necessary to properly govern."

This news isn’t sitting well with several businesses, including Vic's Auto Care. 

"It's outrageous," Victor Villar said. I mean what can you say, nothing is fair anymore."

We did some checking, the median household income is $38,568.  

Mayor Thomas Masters says if the increase is approved, he'd take it, but argues, he didn't ask for it.

"I'm the mayor whether it's a dime or two dollars," Masters said. "I didn't ask for it, none of us asked for  it, the manager brought us to it."

Masters, a non-voting member, would earn the most. If approved he and the council will make more than West Palm Beach city commissioners, a city three times the size of Riviera Beach.

The utility board meeting starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall at 600 West Blue Heron Blvd.  

Copyright 2015 WFLX FOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.