Hamburg Town Supervisor says He Deserves a Raise

October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 6:45 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 12, 2010 at 6:45 PM EDT

Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters says he does a lot for his Town.
He's putting in about 50 to 60 hour work weeks; he says he has saved the town money-- by cutting costs and consolidating government; and he says he's gone 5 years without a raise.
Now, he's asking for a pay bump.
" Simply because you are an elected official does not mean you should not be fairly and adequately compensated-- that's the key word--- fairly compensated for the work being done," Walters told Eyewitness News.
Walters is asking for a 3% raise for himself and all full time elected town officials.
In addition, he is also asking for a $15,000 stipend to be paid to him for additional work he has taken on.
That additional work, he says, was added after he cut a town department. A move he says saved Hamburg taxpayers $200,000.
" It's fair compensation for the additional duties and it's less compensation for what we had been paying for those identical duties to be done," Walters said.
But not everyone agrees.
"You have people in the private sector taking pay cuts just to keep their jobs and now you're in government and in this climate you're seeking a pay raise? It's tone deaf," Hamburg Town Councilman Jon Gorman says.
Gorman had, in the past, proposed cutting the pay of elected officials. A move that was blocked by the Council majority.
He is against any pay raise, saying now is not the time.
" State revenue is shrinking and we have increased mandates from the state to fund programs. It's out of touch!" Gorman told Eyewitness News
Despite the protest, Walters is standing by his request. The Town Board still has to approve it-- If it does, Walters would be one of the highest paid Supervisor's in Western New York.
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