The mayor and village trustees in Johnson City will be getting salary increases but their pay won't be doubled as previously planned.

Johnson City residents criticized the plan at a public hearing and officials now intend to change the proposal.

Mayor Martin Meaney said those who spoke felt pay hikes are warranted but doubling the salaries was not appropriate.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Meaney said the village board is scheduled to vote on a revised budget that will provide much smaller raises than had been proposed. The new plan calls for a 25 percent pay hike instead of a 100 percent increase.

That adjustment will raise the mayor's pay from $12,000 to $15,000 and the pay for each of the four trustees from $5,000 to $6,250.

Meaney noted it has been a long time since the salaries were increased. He said "when it comes to raising salaries, there's never a good time... Whether you raise it one percent or a thousand percent, there's always going to be pushback."

The village's fiscal year starts June 1. Meaney said the new budget is scheduled to be voted on at the village board's Tuesday meeting."

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