by Max Brantley
The ordinance also provides:
(c) The benefit package of the Mayor shall include life insurance, health insurance as available to City employees, retirement, access to deferred income accounts, a car allowance equal to that of the City Manager, and any other benefits made available to any employee of the City.
A memorandum with the ordinance from City Attorney Tom Carpenter says the ordinance will also provide the mayor with an increase in his car allowance to equalize that paid the city manager. The ordinance would make it match exactly, as with pay. The mayor's car allowance would go from $500 a month to $600 to match Moore's $600. Each has a $1 million city-provided term life insurance as well as defined contribution retirement plans. In the retirement plan, the city contributes 12.5 percent of each man's pay and they put in 7 percent for a tax-deferred account that is taxable on withdrawal.