A majority of Leavenworth city commissioners reached a consensus Thursday to increase the pay they receive for serving on the city’s governing body.

A majority of Leavenworth city commissioners reached a consensus Thursday to increase the pay they receive for serving on the city’s governing body.

No formal vote was taken Thursday. City Manager Paul Kramer said commissioners will have to approve an ordinance to enact the pay increase.

Commissioner Larry Dedeke proposed the pay increase at the conclusion of budget meetings.

Commissioners spent Wednesday and Thursday afternoons reviewing the proposed 2018 operating budget for the city.

City officials plan to schedule a public hearing on the proposed $49.215 million budget for Aug. 8. The proposed budget would leave the city’s mill levy unchanged from the current year at 31.343 mills. The mill levy is used in determining property taxes.

Most members of the City Commission are paid $400 per month in compensation from the city. The mayor, who is one of the five commissioners, is paid $500 per month.

Nancy Bauder currently serves as the mayor.

Dedeke requested a $100 per month increase for each commissioner if there is room in the 2018 budget.

Kramer said the city would have the money for the pay increase for commissioners. He said the combined pay increase for the five commissioners would cost an additional $6,000 for the year.

Dedeke said commissioners last increased their pay in 2004.

Noting that it is an election year, Commissioner Lisa Weakley expressed opposition to a pay increase. Weakley and two other commissioners are running for re-election this year.

Dedeke is not among those who are running for re-election.

Bauder, who also is not facing re-election this year, said Dedeke’s proposal is reasonable.

“I don’t think that is a bad idea to let us have $500 per month,” she said.

Kramer said he needed support from at least one other commissioner in order for there to be a consensus to move forward with the proposal.

Commissioner Mark Preisinger, who is running for re-election, voiced support for the pay increase.

“I think it’s fair,” he said.

Commissioner Charles Raney said, being an election year, he cannot vote to give himself a raise. Raney also is running for re-election this year.

Preisinger said he believes the pay increase is the right thing to do regardless of whether there is an election.

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