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Aldermen's salaries to depend on attendance
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An ordinance that links the salary of McMinnville aldermen to attendance will go into effect with the passing of the 2013-14 fiscal budget.Causing controversy during its first successful reading before the board, it passed without discussion unanimously the second time Tuesday night. Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ken Smith, Jimmy Bonner, Rick Barnes and Billy Wood, all voted in favor of it.The measure links monthly compensation given to aldermen to the board meetings attended to prevent abuse of office by missing meetings and continuing to get paid $400 a month – a situation that occurred with the prior board. Salary would be linked to attendance in that any official missing more than six board meetings, which amounts to 25 percent, in a fiscal year would begin to forfeit salary for subsequent meetings missed.