North York's council members and the borough's newly appointed mayor will see a drop in their salaries after council members learned a 2007 pay raise was not done properly.
Council members will see their yearly pay drop by $125 to $1,750, the same amount Jerry Duncan, the new mayor, will be paid this year.
The decreases come after council members learned when looking to appoint a new mayor that the then-sitting council gave itself pay raises illegally seven years ago, Richard Shank, council vice president, said during a meeting Tuesday.
The council voted unanimously to appoint Duncan during the meeting. He replaces former mayor Kenneth Staab who died Feb. 18.
Borough code: The earlier council approved the pay raises by a resolution in 2007 instead of with an ordinance, which is required under the state's borough code, Shank said. The increases also went into effect immediately, he added, but the borough code requires that increases take effect after a general election.
That "makes it illegal to happen," he said. "What happened in the past, happened in the past, and we're trying to move council forward."
According to the 2014 budget, the seven council members were to receive a combined $13,125 in pay this year. That equals $1,875 per council member. The budget also allotted $2,500 for the mayor this year
Both are the maximum salaries allowed for under the borough code for boroughs with a population of 5,000 or less.
North York has 1,914 residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2010, the most recent year data were collected.
Decrease: The decreases return salaries to what they were before the resolution was passed in 2007, Shank said.
"We are just going to come back into code."
Vivian Amspacher, council president, said the council worked quickly to correct the error once members learned of it.
"As we find them, we are trying to correct them,"she said.
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