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Bethel City Council Passes Ordinance To Pay Council Members

May 15, 2019

Bethel City Council passed an ordinance to pay its members on May 14, 2019.
Credit Christine Trudeau / KYUK

For the first time in history, the Bethel City Council passed an ordinance to compensate members for attending meetings. But it will only take effect if a public vote affirms the decision. The council has not yet acted to place the measure on the ballot in October. 

The ordinance introduced by Fritz Charles passed 4 to 3, with Charles, Mayor Fred Watson, Vice-Mayor Raymond “Thor” Williams, and council member Carole Jung-Jordan voting for compensation. Council members Leif Albertson, Mitchell Forbes, and Perry Barr voted against the ordinance. 

Council members would be paid $100 for each regular council meeting attended and $25 for each special meeting. Budget meetings would not be compensated. The ordinance was amended to remove a water and sewer benefit valued at several hundred dollars a month. Council member Charles said that having both the pay and the water and sewer benefit would be absurd.