69 / 51
      70 / 48
      59 / 50

      Benjamin gives back half of salary for bonuses

      Columbia City Council approved the measure at Wednesday morning's meeting.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- To help with the city's budget woes, Mayor Steve Benjamin is giving up half of his salary.

      Columbia City Council approved the measure at Wednesday morning's meeting.

      More than $8,000 of Benjamin's $17,500 yearly salary will go toward employee bonuses.

      The incentives will be awarded to employees who offer cost saving measures for the city.

      Mayor Benjamin requested the reduction.

      Related Stories:

      Council to take up $90K for uniform budget - Yesterday at 8:01 PM The Columbia City Council is considering an agreement that would continue supplying rental uniforms to city employees. They plan to take up the issue at Wednesday's meeting. City mulls over $65K North Main PR campaign - Monday, August 02, 2010Officials are still working to smooth the bumps out of the revitalization of the North Main corridor. They're considering a concept to pay an outside public relations firm for the project. Newman sworn in as Columbia council member - Friday, July 30, 2010Brian Newman, who won a special election to fill the Columbia City Council District II seat, took office Thursday. A possible change in Columbia TMs smoking ban is still cloudy - Wednesday, July 28, 2010Columbia City Council considering a change to the city TMs indoor smoking ban. Columbia City Council could snuff out smoking ban dispute - Tuesday, July 27, 2010On Wednesday, council members will consider revamping a policy that would exempt cigar bars from Columbia TMs indoor smoking ban.