Residents of Rosepine came to Thursday's town council meeting to defend Mayor Donna Duvall's salary, saying that it was "just fine" and that concerns that the salary should be less were bogus.
Councilman Jeffery Solinsky said that the item was placed on the agenda after local businessowners raised a concern in light of the proposed half-cent sales tax that will be proposed on the Nov. 21 ballot.
"It's nothing personal against out current city mayor," he said. "The opinion is that 'because it's a part-time job, they're getting paid too much.'"
Residents, however, defended their mayor's salary, saying that it was anything but a 'part-time' job.
"There's nothing part-time about it," Bruce Ward, former Mayor of Rosepine, said. "And you surely shouldn't be paid anything less."
Other residents agreed with the mayor's salary, noting that the mayor spends a large cut of that money on travel and other expenses to help connect with other mayors and state officials.
"So much of it (the mayor's job) gets done outside of that chair," Solinsky added, referring to the mayor's chair inside town hall. Solinsky also noted that any changes that might be made to the mayor's salary, could not, by law, affect the current mayor.
The average salary for a mayor of a municipality similar to Rosepine is $24,643, according to Duvall. She stated that her salary is roughly $19,000.
Council took no action on the mayor's salary at Thursday's meeting.