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Westmont Village Board to discuss reducing elected officials’ pay

The Westmont Village Board this week will discuss the possibility of reducing or eliminating pay for the mayor, village clerk and trustees.

The issue will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Westmont Village Hall.

Under current ordinance, Mayor Bill Rahn and Village Clerk Virginia Szymski are both paid $8,000 annually, and village trustees are paid $100 per meeting. The board meets four times a month, twice for the Committee of the Whole every other Thursday, and then the following Mondays for the Village Board voting meeting.

Trustee Sue Senicka has been lobbying to reduce pay of elected officials, saying that some voting meetings are very short — some only 15 minutes long — and she said to accept payment in that case is not a good use of taxpayer money.

Village officials have also said the loss of home rule will mean the village will need to free up money elsewhere, and this is one possibility for it.

Any change in pay would go into effect after the next Village Board election, which would be in April, officials said.

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