awarded salary increase on split vote
by Mark Vasto
One week before Valentines Day, the Platte
City Board of Aldermen decided to show City Administrator
Keith Moody a little love in the form of a pay
The action came at a special meeting of the board
held Monday night at city hall.
Moody, who currently draws $64,125 in compensation
from the city, will see his salary increase slightly
more than two percent to $65,505. Moody previously
received a 1.8% cost of living increase, which
went into effect on Nov. 1.
Before voting on the matter, Mayor Dave Brooks
invited Moody to present a survey conducted by
the Mid-America Regional Councila metropolitan
planning organization and association of city
and county governments for the 115 cities and
eight counties in the bistate Kansas City regionwhich
outlined the salaries and fringe benefits of city
administrators for cities with a 2000 census population
of between 2,500 and 12,500.
The average salary for such positions, according
to survey, was $70,767. Moody pointed out that
the number was a conservative one, since the last
year specified in the survey was 2002.
Platte City, which has a population of 3,866
according to the census, offers a minimum annual
salary of $51,996 and maximum salary of $67,596.
The city had budgeted a 3.5% merit increase in
their budget for the city administrator position.
Ward 2 Alderman Ron Porter objected to the pay
I think we need to freeze the city administrator
salary, Porter said during discussion. Weve
had to raise taxes in the city and Im not
sure we can afford to pay any more.
Aldermen Lee Roy Van Lew and George McClintock
disagreed with Porters assessment.
(The percentage) is below his proposed
goal, which is well below the average of $70,767...were
$4,500 less, Van Lew said.
The unfortunate fact that we had to raise
taxes in this city was based on a lot of outside
influences, asserted McClintock. It
wasnt a problem with city management.
McClintock also speculated that the action of
not giving Moody a raise would send a signal to
the city administrator that they werent
happy with his job performance.
My dealings with him show that he is doing
the job, said McClintock. He is being
paid well under surrounding citys salaries,
hes asking for less than what weve
budgeted for and I think we should give him the
The aldermen voted 4-1 in favor of the raise,
with Porter the sole no vote. Alderman
Gary Brown, a candidate for mayor in the upcoming
election, was unable to attend the meeting.