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Port approves another raise
Before any of its commissioners could benefit from a pay raise approved last year, the Port of Bremerton board approved a new salary hike this week that will give its members an extra $100 each month for the next several years.
According to Commissioner Bill Mahan, the resolution was necessary to not only raise the boards compensation to a level appropriate for its responsibilities, but also to ensure that each commissioner at least eventually receives the same amount.
We all do the same work. We should all be compensated at the same level, Mahan said.
The resolution passed Tuesday states that: The duties and responsibilities of the (commissioners) have grown steadily during the past several years, and the (commissioners) believe it is appropriate to establish a compensation schedule that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of a port commissioner.
Once passed, the resolution rescinded the boards last pay raise of $300 a month and instituted a new pay schedule that will raise the commissioners base salary by $1,200 each year for the next few years, effectively doubling the compensation over five years.
However, state law prohibits sitting commissioners from benefiting from a pay raise they voted on, so each commissioner will have to be re-elected before receiving the higher salary.
The first up for re-election is Mahan, whose term ends this year. If he is back in office in 2006, he will begin receiving $6,000 a year, along with an annual raise of $1,200.
If Mary Ann Huntington is re-elected