Budget would have raised tribal council
salaries to $75,000, $10K more for executive board
By Joe VanDeLaarschot
of The Lakeland Times
Members of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe Tuesday, Aug. 14, rejected a 2012-13 tribal budget referendum proposed by the tribe’s leadership.
According to tribe officials, the proposal to raise council member salaries and add a $10,000 bump for members of the executive board was defeated by a vote of 182-173.
Tribal sources said the tribal council presented the budget proposal Aug. 6 with nearly $1 million added for council member salaries.
The proposed budget had $909,756 designated for salaries. The breakdown presented showed that each council member would have received a salary of $75,000 per year, not including fringe benefits.
The budget also proposed the tribe’s executive board members would receive an additional $10,000 because of “their additional duties and responsibilities.”
According to the sources, vice chairperson Dee Ann Mayo in 2010 first introduced a motion to pay the council an additional $25 per hour, above and beyond the $1,000 per month stipend they were receiving during the Vicky Doud administration.
The stipends were revoked after problems caused by a controversial bond issue. At the time, sources said the tribe was trying to survive on $5 million from the casino in 2008.
Tribal members said the 2011 general fund budget listed the $25 per hour proposal, but the budget was defeated three times because of the proposal.
Tribal President Tom Maulson said he was disappointed by the results of the referendum, but said tribal law would allow another referendum to be put before tribal voters to reconsider the issue.
“We’ll hold informational meetings and explain to tribal members what this all means,” Maulson said. “We want to be more transparent about this and let them know what all is involved in this. Then we can hold another vote.”
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