A tweaked version of a mayoral salary ordinance favored by Council President John Ducey was introduced Tuesday night.
The ordinance, passed unanimously by the council on first reading, calls for the $52,000 mayoral salary to be reduced to $15,000 if the mayor is employed full-time, defined as 35 hours or more, per week.
A PDF copy of the ordinance is available by clicking on the link to your right
Previously, Ducey that would reduce the mayoral salary only if the mayor had a salaried, public position. The revised version calls for a salary reduction regardless of whether a mayor's other job is in the public or private sectors.
"It's going to be part time pay for part time work," Ducey said.
"I like this one better than the one we had last week," said Councilman Domenick Brando, referring to the original version of Ducey's proposal.
Debate over the mayor's salary flared up after Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis took a full-time job as director of the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority in 2010, where he earns $93,000 per year. After four Democrats won a majority on the township council after making the mayor's two jobs – the TRMUA position and the salaried mayor's position in Brick – , Acropolis said he would and proposed an ordinance making the $1 salary permanent.
But in a prepared statement sent to Brick Patch after Tuesday's meeting, Democrats called the mayor's offer "political grandstanding" and said if Republicans had won in November, Acropolis would have kept his full salary. But during the meeting, Acropolis said he will reduce his salary to $1 no matter what a salary ordinance provides he gets paid.
"No matter what the council sets, I will not take that money," Acropolis said. "I am signing my check back over to the municipality. When I get my check, I'm signing it, and I'm having that money go back over to the municipality to the general fund."
But council members saw things differently.
"Compensation should be based on law, not on the whim of the mayor," said Councilman Bob Moore. "That's why we are passing an ordinance that will apply to everyone."
The ordinance will come up for a second reading and final passage into law at the next regular council meeting, scheduled for Jan. 24. There will be a public hearing on the ordinance before the council votes on its passage.