Town Approves Plan to Reduce Mayoral Salary to $1

"I think it's wrong," says one alderman

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010  |  Updated 7:40 AM CDT
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Park Ridge's political leaders may need to start asking what they can get for a buck.

Officials tentatively approved a proposal Saturday to reduce Mayor David Schmidt's salary from $1,000 a month to $1 a month, the Sun-Times reports.

The thrifty plan would also significantly scale back aldermen's $100 monthly checks. The town's seven city council members would each earn $1 a month while the remainder of the $100 piles up in the northwest suburb's coffers.

The proposal would save about $20,300 annually.

But the cold-hard savings doesn't impress everyone.

"I think it's wrong to ask us to do anymore than we are," said Jim Allegretti, fourth ward alderman.

But no one's asking for the reduced salary. They're telling telling.

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