Council Quashes Salary Cuts

Hopkinsville, KY – Hopkinsville City Council members voted down measures to reduce their own pay Monday night during a special session. Mayor Dan Kemp says there were two salary reduction motions, one for a 5 percent cut and another for 3 percent. The 5 percent proposal died without a second. Council members voted down the motion for a 3 percent cut 6 to 4. Council members make a little more than 10-thousand-dollars per year. Mayor Kemp says council members will receive an automatic cost of living increase that amounts to less than a dollar a month. City employees will not receive a cost-of-living increase in next fiscal year, which starts in July. Kemp says a quarter of workers are eligible for step increases based on longevity and performance.