Dorr board members defend roles at meeting

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

Two hot topics had Dorr Township board members defending their roles during their meeting Monday, March 23.

One topic was the request for a raise for the township supervisor, clerk and treasurer, which was tabled in a 5 to 2 vote.

A request was made to raise the supposed three-day-per-week positions from $26,400 to $27,800, a 5.3-percent increase. The same amount was requested last year; however, the board only approved a hike from $24,800 to $26,400.

Clerk Brian Boot said the township is at a turning point where full-time positions should be considered. He said the Byron Center clerk went to full-time in 1990 when the population reached 10,000.

Supervisor Jeff Miling said all three positions are putting in a lot of hours in the office and outside the office and not getting paid for it. Treasurer Jim Martin said he has been working 50 to 60 hours a week getting caught up on what hasn’t been done in the past.

“I make about $13 an hour which is less than what I’d pay to hire a deputy (who starts out at $15),” he said.

Boot said accountants cannot be hired for anything less than $50,000 per year, so the township was getting a bargain.

Audience member Barb Chachulski said board members knew what they were being paid when they took the job.

“Don’t you even think about the burden you’re putting on taxpayers?” Chachulski asked. “The budget keeps going up and the middle class are not getting ahead.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the March 26 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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