Ohio Mayor Cuts Salary in Half to Help Balance City's Budget
The mayor of a small Ohio city is cutting his salary in half in an effort to solve the city's budget woes.
“From now until probably January 1st, I am going to take a 50 percent pay cut in my wage,” Niles Mayor Tom Scarnecchia said after a meeting on how to rescue the city from fiscal emergency.
The state requires that the city balance its budget, as Niles faces a projected $130,000 deficit.
With the move, Scarnecchia’s annual salary will drop by $34,000, according to WKBN.
He said he wanted to set an example for other employees because “everybody’s got to help” cut the deficit.
“I think that him making that personal sacrifice should show the citizens that he’s doing the very best he can. He loves Niles,” Councilman Barry Steffey said.