Pay hike for Berne council approved after long debate

    Berne city employees and elected officials will receive a pay raise following a lengthy discussion and split vote during Monday evening’s meeting of Berne City Council.
    Mayor Bill McKean proposed a 1 percent plus $500 raise for all city employees during the June 22 council meeting, and a $250 increase for elected officials. While council easily and unanimously passed the pay bump for all city employees, the decision regarding the raise for elected officials garnered much more attention ... and debate.
    Councilor Phil Provost said he was entirely supportive of the pay hike for the mayor and clerk-treasurer, but decidedly against a raise for council.
    Citing the 27th amendment to the U.S. Constitution as his inspiration, which prohibits any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for Representatives, Provost said he couldn’t support council members voting a pay increase for themselves.
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