La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat has vetoed a measure giving the position a raise.
Monday afternoon, Kabat issued his first veto as Mayor in turning down the nearly 10 percent raise. The city council approved a measure on August 13 moving the mayor's compensation to around $85,000 a year.
In his veto, Kabat made several points that led him to the decision. He rebuffed arguments for the increase because the current salary of $77,000 is below what the La Crosse School superintendent, county administrator, or a number of area CEO's make. He said that they are different types of positions that aren't comparable with what duties the Mayor performs.
He also countered the contention made by the city council for the raise was that the current pay wouldn't attract candidates to run for the position. He cited the fact that 11 candidates ran in the February 2013 primary and seven candidates entered the 2009 primary. It was public service and improving the community that were among the reasons to run for office, with salary down the list of factors.
Lastly, he said that the increase was well above what many La Crosse residents receive for pay raises.