Metro Council approves higher salary for next mayor

Metro Council approves higher salary for next mayor

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The next mayor-president of Baton Rouge will start off with a new, higher salary.

After months of research and debate, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council agreed to change the mayor's salary to $175,000.

Currently, the mayor's salary starts at around $106,000 and is eligible for yearly raises. Mayor Kip Holden's salary is now a little more than $152,000.

This new arrangement gets rid of raises in favor of a flat rate. The higher salary also means that the next mayor will not be able to cash in on unused days at the end of the year.

"This is the highest office of parish government that there is and this is not far out of the realm of others in the same situation," Councilman Trae Welch said in support of the raise.

However, not everyone was on board. Councilman John Delgado asked the council to set the new salary at $150,000, saying the governor's salary is even lower.

"I would just urge y'all to pull on the reigns a little bit," Delgado stated.

The new salary would kick in when the next mayor takes office.

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