VERNON — The Vernon Township Council introduced on Thursday, May 28, an ordinance that will increase the mayor's salary to $36,000 per year.
Township Mayor Victor Marotta has received an annual salary of $30,000 per year since he was elected in 2011 under the change to a Mayor-Council form of government.
Councilman Dan Kadish and Councilwoman Jean Murphy voted against the ordinance, which passed 3-2.
Murphy disputed one of the clauses in the ordinance, which states the council has recognized the township's mayoral position as full-time.
“The wording is overkill,” Murphy said. “When referring to the executive and administrative duties of the mayor, it is important that the public not be confused with the function of the township administrator. He should not be saying he was full-time since 2011.”
The public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the regular township council meeting on Monday, June 22.