Amherst town board passes budget, gives themselves raises

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Amherst Town Board voted Tuesday night to give themselves raises. This was part of the 2017 budget.

A lot of people living in Amherst did not want the budget to go through, mainly since board members did not get public input on the salary hikes.

The $73 million budget passed by a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday night. This means town leaders will get a 37 percent salary raise.

Council members will now make $35,000 a year, up from $25,000 a year and the supervisor will make $105,000 a year, up from $75,000.

This is the first time the Amherst Supervisor’s salary changed in 26 years

Supervisor Barry Weinstein and council member Deborah Bucki did not want the budget to pass because of the increase in salaries.

Officials told News 4 this increase will cost taxpayers another $94,000.

Amherst residents say they’re outraged.

“I have never seen anything more disgusting then what is going on with the salary increase. Everyone is outraged and yet you people continue to send it right on through,” said a concerned resident.

“Perhaps you should remove the item from the budget, send it back to the salary review commission, have them perform their functions and then have them present it to the board. I think that way you would have less animosity towards people giving themselves raises,” said another Amherst resident.

The budget and the salaries will take effect January 1.

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