The Greenbelt City Council this week voted 3 to 2 in favor of a charter amendment raising salaries for the mayor and council members by $1,000.
The council allocated money for the increase -- which will bring council salaries to $4,000 and the mayor's salary to $4,400 annually -- in the fiscal 1985-86 budget that was approved June 4. But the increase required a charter amendment for final approval.
The pay increase will go into effect after the Sept. 30 election, when all five seats in the council will be up. According to the town charter, council members cannot alter their own salaries, but they can increase salaries for an incoming council. The council positions are considered part time.
Thomas White, a council member for 12 years, said he voted against the charter amendment because he believed that "no increase was justified." Council salaries were raised from $2,500 to $3,000 in 1981.
"I don't think another increase is necessary. A person does not run for office for a salary. There are a lot of volunteers in the city that work as hard or harder with little or no compensation," White said.
Council member Richard Pilski also voted against the salary increases.
Antoinette Bram, who is in her first two-year term on the council, voted in favor of the increase.
"I don't think it's unreasonable. A lot of time is expended working on the City Council. If you measure it to the cost of living in this area, it's not really that big an increase," Bram said. "I don't really care about the salary. It has very little to do with compensation for work done. It's a stipend.