Gaffney, SC (WSPA) – A raise for the top officials in Gaffney isn’t setting well with those who live and work in the area.
Gayle White, a business owner of more than two decades, is offering a challenge to each council member and the mayor, saying she believes the pay raises could be put to better use.
“I challenge them all, take your money and give it to the firemen and policemen, who deserve a raise,” said White, who owns Pieces from the Past Antiques.
A little more than 12,000 people call Gaffney home, and the 38 percent and 54 percent pay increase raises a lot of eyebrows.
The pay raise increases Mayor Henry Jolly’s salary of more than $8,600 to $12,000, and council members will see more money in their checks from around $6,400 a year to $10,000 a year.
Councilmen Glenn Fuller, Boone Peeler and Billy Love voted against the pay increase.
“There is so many other needs in this town and if somebody drives around they can find them,” said Cherokee County resident Mary Bolinger.
Bolinger was simply expressing what others told us off camera.
Some might say the time for the increase is now, as reports show council members have not received raises since 2004.
“It may not be as significant as it sounds. It depends on what their pay was currently depending on the population and comparing apples to other apples, Gaffney to other towns,” county resident Linda Lavender said.
The pay increase could also be a cost of living correction. 7 News called every council member and the mayor to find out. No one has returned our calls so far.
The pay raises take effect after the city elections in August.