Jackson Mayor Michael Reina will receive a roughly 45% increase to his paycheck after township officials approved the first-ever raise for Reina in a decade and a half of his service as mayor.
The pay increase for Mayor Reina is COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) related. Being that most salaries receive an increase each year to offset inflation but Reina’s did not, officials have approved the COLA raise retroactively.
The raise, approved by the township council, will bring Reina’s annual paycheck to $42,725, up from the $29,500 salary he’s received yearly since being elected mayor in 2008, the Asbury Park Press reports.
“It’s a (cost of living) adjustment that was never given,” Reina told the APP. “It’s not that this is a big city, but everybody puts in the hours. Everybody puts in the personal time. There hasn’t been any moment in all these years, even for the council.”