MEMPHIS, TN. (abc24.com) Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has agreed to take a nearly 5-percent pay cut. The same cut city workers had to deal with in July 2011. The question is, will it make a difference?
Memphis Police Association president Michael Williams doesn’t really care if Mayor Wharton takes a pay cut.
"It does not make us feel any better. We're actually indifferent," Williams told abc24.com.
Larry Anthony, president of the Memphis Firefighters Association told abc24.com the mayor's decision doesn't appease him either.
"It really doesn't make us feel any better because 4.6-percent for somebody making $50-thousand dollars a year is $2,300 dollars a year. That's $200 dollars a month. Now you take somebody making $150-thousand dollars a year they're in better shape to take a 4.6-percent hit," said Anthony.
The mayor's decision is not a hit with police or firemen who think Wharton should have taken a pay cut a long time ago. Memphis city council chairman, Myron Lowery has an explanation for that.
"What took him so long is the fault of the council, so you give the heat to me. I’ll stand up and say you're right we should have done this a long time ago. You blame the council chairman for that," Lowery told abc24.com.
But Williams is blaming the mayor for taking money from Memphis police officers. The fact that Mayor Wharton has decided to take a cut doesn't impress him.
"With that position comes a lot of other perks. We don't have anybody driving us around in a Lincoln we don't have an expense account," said Williams.
Councilman Lowery told abc24.com city council members did their shared sacrifice last year when they took a 5-percent pay cut. He also had some good news to add: according to Lowery, all city employees will eventually have their pay restored and in most cases they'll even get raises.