Deadline looms for Logan councillors to accept or reject 2.1 per cent pay rise

LOGAN City Councillors clashed over a looming 2.1 per cent pay rise during a meeting on Tuesday.

PAY RISE: Logan Ratepayer Association members protested against a 2.1 per cent pay rise for Logan City Councillors set to come into effect on July 1 unless councillors vote against it.

PAY RISE: Logan Ratepayer Association members protested against a 2.1 per cent pay rise for Logan City Councillors set to come into effect on July 1 unless councillors vote against it.

Members of the Logan Ratepayer Association held signs in the public gallery calling for councillors to reject the pay rise while Mayor Luke Smith and Cr Stacey McIntosh were suspended.

Cr Smith is facing perjury and corruption charges while Cr McIntosh has been charged with fraud.

Both have said they will fight the charges.

The Local Government Renumeration and Discipline Tribunal approved the 2.1 per cent pay rise in December last year, but councillors can vote to refuse the pay rise before it comes into affect on July 1.

Cr Darren Power moved a motion calling for the director of organisational services to prepare a report for the council's next treasury meeting on whether or not to accept the pay rise.

This was supported by councillors Laurie Koranski, Jon Raven and Lisa Bradley who said they were willing to vote against their pay rise.

Acting Mayor of Logan Cherie Dalley told protesters in the public gallery that councillors could not be singled out from pay rises.

"We can't have the power to isolate the suspended Mayor (Luke Smith) or councillor (Stacey McIntosh)

"Everyone in the world at some stage gets a pay rise whether we like it or don't."

Cr Schwarz said the report would not address the major concern of ratepayers.

"I think the frustration with the community is that we have two suspended councillors - one a mayor on full pay and not working for it...this report won't cover that."

Cr Schwarz amended the motion for the report to consider options available to the council, including whether to not pass on the pay increase to the suspended mayor and councillor.

The amendment was passed.

Logan Ratepayers Association president Rod Shaw said all councillors should reject any pay rise.

"A 2.1 per cent pay increase is nothing for them... it shows they appreciate the backlash from the community," he said.

"Stacey McIntosh has had 13 adjournments to her case...that is beyond the pale."

Suspended Logan Mayor Luke Smith continues tor receive his $223,821 salary.

Logan City Councillors are currently paid $135,891.

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