Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Tuesday night the Columbia City Council passed a second reading to increase the mayor's salary.
City Council unanimously passed the second reading to increase the Mayors salary to $75,000 if the strong mayor vote does not pass in December.
If the Strong Mayor form of government does pass, the mayor's salary would not exceed $160,000.
One stipulation to both salary increases is that the mayor cannot have any other source of income. Even though the cities legal counsel advised them that it could be challenged in court, council still passed the increase with the stipulation.
Another item voted on in councils meeting was passing a resolution saying that the city would pay Richland County back for any legitimate election expenses that occur in the city including clerk and manager pay, paper ballots and other expenses.
The original resolution calls for a five year agreement, but council only agreed to a one year deal to see how the new change will work.
Also council voted to demolish the old Virginia Pack Elementary school that has been closed for ten years.
For years members of the community has said the area has been an eye sore and a haven for gangs and crime.
The city is entering an agreement with Richland District One and their hopes are to lease the property and build some type of recreational facility or space.