West Seneca residents react to supervisor’s proposed raise

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB)- West Seneca Council Chambers was a heated place Monday night.

Town officials introduced the tentative 2017 budget; included in it, a nearly 30 percent raise for Town Supervisor, Sheila Meegan.

“She’s not serving the public when you want that kind of money. She’s serving herself,” said former Councilman, Dale Clarke

Clarke was outraged when he saw the proposed budget.

“People right now, they’re lucky if they make $1,500 a month. And she wants to give herself a raise, I’m not talking about a salary, I’m talking about a raise of $1,500 dollars a month,” he said.

The Town Supervisor’s Office is smaller than it used to be. There’s now just two council members.

Meegan told News 4 over the phone Tuesday she prides herself on being able to working with less, but Clarke doesn’t see it that way.

“It’s kind of like I’ll take it away from them, but I’ll give it to myself,” he said.

Meegan also feels the wage hike puts her in line with similar municipalities.

  • Town of Tonawanda Supervisor, who is also the Budget Director, makes $77,052
  • The Town of Hamburg Supervisor brings in $ 82,123
  • If the proposed budget is approved, Meegan would make $80,000

The supervisor noted over the phone she is a full-time town employee, who doesn’t hold another job.

Resident David Kims, whose wife is on the Ethics Committee in West Seneca, stood up during Monday night’s meeting.

“I don’t believe that any elected official should get a raise during their term,” he said.

“You ran knowing what that salary would be, and it’s just not right.”

The budget, which also includes a 4.53 percent tax rate increase will resume the approval process Nov. 7. Supervisor Meegan as well as the two council members must agree to it.

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