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St. Germain looks at room tax portion of treasurer’s salary

April 21, 2020 by Brian Jopek

St. Germain town treasurer Marion Janssen is seeking a raise of sorts. 

Currently receiving $125 per month for her work collecting and calculating the town’s room tax, she brought the matter up at last week’s town board meeting. 

“I guess I ... I’ve asked a couple different times and dropped a hint,” Janssen said. “Like I said, I think I’m doing a lot of work and maybe I could get a raise. I’m hoping you guys acknowledge the fact my workload has increased dramatically over the years. Every year is another project, there’s more problems, whatever.”

She said nothing had really changed regarding compensation for the treasurer since 1998. 

“The wage has been the same,” Janssen said. 

“Marion, I’d like to say that you’ve been doing a great job and thank you,” town supervisor Brian Cooper said. “What are you looking for?”

“I don’t know,” Janssen answered. “What do you think I’m worth?”

In addition to the $125 per month, she receives $11,800 each year as town treasurer, but it was explained during the course of the discussion, the room tax wage is separate from the town treasurer’s salary. 

Also part of the equation is the possibility at some point in the near future of the position of town treasurer, currently an elected position, pitched to town residents at some point for consideration of becoming an appointed position. 

That would take a vote of town electors. 

Janssen is to return with more information at a later meeting, information to include how area towns handle the room tax wage for town treasurers.

With that being the case, regardless whatever change is made, it wouldn’t take place until the next election cycle. 

Town supervisor Tim Clark, at the end of the discussion, said he agreed it would have to go to a vote of taxpayers and also said he was of the belief Janssen should get a raise. 

“I think it shouldn’t be separate,” he said of the room tax wage. “It should be part of the treasurer’s salary.”

On Tuesday, April 14, Janssen told The Lakeland Times she thought she’d “give it a shot.”

“The workload’s more,” she said. 

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]

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