Roanoke City Council on Monday unanimously postponed its vote on a 28 percent raise for council members and a 15 percent raise for Mayor David Bowers.
Councilman David Trinkle, who opposes the hefty increases, is apparently drafting an amendment that would reduce them to more reasonable 8 percent pay hikes.
But there’s another reason for delay that’s afoot, too.
It appears that council is lined up 4-3 in favor of the big increases, which are sponsored by Councilman Bill Bestpitch. But if that tally holds, it would mean they’d have to pass the measure at two successive meetings. (If they could round up a fifth vote for the raises they’d only have to pass it once).
And Bestpitch has already announced he’s not going to be at the next meeting, which could have left the proposal with a 3-3 deadlock on the second vote. In that case it would fail for lack of a majority.
So it looks like we’ll have to wait until June 3 to see which way council goes on this issue. Stay tuned.
It also looks like council members have prolonged their own agony on this issue.