Morgan City’s mayor, council pay to increase
By JAMES A. ROBICHAUX
MORGAN CITY, La. -- Elections are being held in November, and when the new Morgan City mayor and council take office in January, those offices will also get pay increases.
Mayor Tim Matte’s term expires in January, and he is term-limited from seeking reelection. His salary as mayor is $54,000, and the salary for his successor — any of five candidates vying for the office — will be $63,000.
Salary increases for the mayor and council were approved in separate resolutions in the December 2011 council meeting, to take effect in the next term.
Pay for councilmen will go from $7,200 to $9,600 a year in January.
Tim Hymel, District 1, the Rev. Ron Bias, District 3, and Lou Tamporello, District 5, voted for the increase in the mayor’s pay. Larry Bergeron, District 5, voted against it, and Luke Manfre, District 4, was absent from the meeting.
Tamporello and Bias voted for the council pay increase, and Bergeron and Hymel voted against it.
In addition to his salary, the mayor also receives retirement benefits that the state provides for elected officials and hospitalization benefits provided to city employees.
The mayor is eligible to participate in the state’s Municipal Employees retirement system. With the exception of police and firefighters, who have their own respective retirement systems, all other city employees participate in the same system.
Councilmen do not participate in the state retirement system.
Five men are vying for the mayoral position: Larry Bergeron, Lee Dragna, Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi, Bart Mancuso and Kevin Voisin. Mancuso is already a retired city employee.