Sheila Meegan: “It’s not about me, it’s about the position.”

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB)- West Seneca’s Town Supervisor wants a raise.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the position,” said Supervisor Sheila Meegan.

Meegan, who was elected in 2011, would receive a 29 percent raise if the 2017 budget is approved Monday night. It’s nearly $17,000 more per year.

“$80,000 for a $38 million budget is probably still low,” she told News 4.

Meegan said given her hours, she works around 55 hours per week as the Supervisor, the pay bump puts her more in line with supervisors of 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

“I do not received healthcare. I am not offered healthcare. So my salary is a straight $63,000.”

Elected officials on the town board lost healthcare benefits in 2013, Meegan said.

She also pointed out that male department heads in town generally tend to make substantially more than their female counterparts.

The Town Board in West Seneca has shrunk in recent years, there’s now just three members.

We asked Meegan why not create more jobs in her office, or fill those vacancies.

“You fill them, you have to work with the union, you have to add that job to the union contract and you have to officer them healthcare. The healthcare alone with well exceed that $17,000,” she said.

The budget will need approval from the Town Board, which includes Meegan. The public meeting begins at 7 o’clock Monday evening in Council Chambers.

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