By Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two North Little Rock aldermen are proposing a 16 percent pay raise for Mayor Joe Smith they say will help bring the mayor’s salary in line with counterparts in other cities.

The proposed 2016 budget already includes 3 percent raises for all city employees and for full-time and part-time elected officials, including aldermen.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that a change in a separate resolution needed to increase those elected officials’ pay would raise Smith’s salary from $103,420 to $120,000.

If the 3 percent raise remained for the mayor, Smith’s salary would rise to $106,584.

Alderman Murry Witcher, who originally proposed the legislation, says he checked the Arkansas Municipal League’s annual salary survey of elected city officials statewide and saw that the North Little Rock mayor’s salary lagged.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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