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Mayor Says He Will Take Pay Raise

Bettencourt will accept the increased salary the City Council voted to give him this week -- a 10 percent pay raise.

He didn't ask for it, but Mayor Ted Bettencourt says he will accept the raise offered him this week by the City Council.

Bettencourt said Friday afternoon the amount wasn't out of step with what mayors in Beverly and Salem are paid and therefore was "comfortable" with accepting the higher salary after just one year on the job.

Councilors voted 8-2 Thursday during their annual review of the mayor's and councilors' salaries to boost the mayor's base pay to $105,000, which is just over a 10 percent increase.

"I knew the meeting was coming up...but I didn't take a position on a raise and certainly didn't ask for one," Bettencourt said.

He noted, however, he consistently voted in favor of raising the mayor's salary while a councilor himself.

Bettencourt said that was because he felt, as now, Peabody's CEO should at least be paid in the same range as other North Shore mayors.

Former Mayor Michael Bonfanti, however, made it clear to councilors he would not accept a pay raise.

The only recent time Bettencourt voted against giving the mayor a raise was in 2011 when he ran for the seat.

Bettencourt's new salary will take effect once the ordinance is adopted by the council, likely next month.

In addition to his salary, the mayor receives a car allowance (Bettencourt drives his own car instead), city health insurance (now under the state GIC plan) and a vested city pension once he has 10 years of service accumulated.

David MacDonald February 17, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Thank you Mr. Mayor, you have made a commitmet for you, your family, and the city. You have made change happen, unions satisfied, and came in underpaid due to the previous administration....Though I did not vote for you, I am impressed with your dealings with the people, the unions, and the councils.....keeep it up, you done great.
Lisa February 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM
the middle school is far worse and we obviously can't do both at the same time
Lisa February 17, 2013 at 06:28 PM
How is he a disappointment? He has done so much in only one year.
Saber Walsh February 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM
The high school building is nothing compared to the student body. It's the Wild West up there and administration keeps a very good lid on what happens there. I'd love to see some undercover reporter in the parking lot during the morning and afternoon... you see more deals there than on Pawn Stars.
Troy O. February 18, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Saber, You have no idea what you are talking about. Stop spreading your negative lies about the high school on this board. Either support your stance with PROOF or enough already. Just another helicopter mom who thinks that the outside world is so "dangerous." Go to some other cities around here...it will open your eyes to what REALLY bad schools look like!

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