Huntsville City Council fails to override mayor’s veto on pay raise, but issue will return

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
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Updated: Aug. 22, 2019 at 10:24 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Thursday night, the Huntsville City Council failed to override Mayor Tommy Battle’s veto of a mayoral pay raise. But the process could just be starting over.

In early August, the council passed a roughly $40,000 pay bump for the office of mayor, effective November 2020 (after the 2020 mayoral election).

Battle vetoed the measure the next day, and said he’s happy with his salary. Battle’s spokeswoman said he is planning to run in 2020.

The mayor currently makes $132,500 a year, and the raise would have brought it to $175,926.40.

Thursday night, the council voted to uphold his veto, meaning the $40,000 raise is dead for the moment.

In the event the veto override failed, Council president Devyn Keith put a similar motion on Thursday’s agenda. It will be considered at the next meeting in September.

The new motion would give the office of mayor that $40,000 pay bump, council members an $11,000 pay raise (to $44,000), and the council president a $10,000 pay raise (to $49,000).

Keith said the pay raise is about creating an opportunity and incentive for lower income residents to run for office.

Battle said it’s unclear if he will veto the new measure if it passes.

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