St. Landry

Oct 10, 2013 12:25 PM by Ian Auzenne

Opelousas council gives preliminary approval to pay cut

The Opelousas Board of Aldermen and Mayor Donald Cravins may soon see a significant reduction in their salaries.

The board approved Tuesday an introductory ordinance cutting Cravins's annual salary from $72,000 to $52,000 and aldermen's annual salaries from $24,000 to $12,000. Both the board and Cravins would continue to receive other benefits, such as a car allowance.

Final adoption of the measure is scheduled for next month's board meeting.

Cravins said that in light of the city's recent budget cuts, he and the board must lead by example.

"We looked at city's the same size as Opelousas and some larger than us, and the Opelousas mayor and council are making more than (the mayor and councils) in some of those cities," Cravins said. He added that the board's current pay is comparable to the pay of state legislators.

When asked about his own pay cut, Cravins was supportive of the move. "Even as a full-time mayor, you aren't going to work hard enough to justify (the current) salary," he said.

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