MOULTRIE -- It was more than 15 years between raises, but last week the Moultrie City Council began receiving bigger paychecks.

Raises for the city manager, mayor and council members were approved in August 2000, but they could not take effect until a new council was seated.

The city manager, Tony Rojas, will receive $7,262 monthly, up from $6916.67, which comes to $87,144 annually. The mayor, Bill McIntosh, will get $580 monthly, up from $429.07 and council members will get $495 per month up from $343.47.

Officials said the last raise was in 1985.

Finance Director Gary McDaniel explained that a survey was conducted to make sure salaries are comparable with other municipalities of relatively the same size.

"We do the survey every other year for benchmark positions," he said. "We usually take a look at surrounding cities like Thomasville, Valdosta and Cairo."

Salaries for city judge, David Herndon, and city attorney, Hoyt Whelchel, remained the same. Herndon gets $1,800 per month and Whelchel receives $1,350 per month.



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