Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea says proposing a pay raise for council members and the mayor is an awkward situation for them. The proposal currently on the table would increase council's salary by 28 percent. However council members are the only ones that can propose a pay raise; a request that hasn't been made in 10 years says Lea.
"I think it is something that there should be some type of compensation or what we do and we have lagged behind," says Lea.
Lea says there is a lot city council does besides sitting in the chambers every other Monday. Some of the duties include presentations on behalf of the city, attending conventions, constantly representing the city and even attending events we may not know about. But unlike us when we get raises, council has to seek the public input.
"There is a lot more to serving on council than what meets the eye," says Rupert Cutler, former council member.
Cutler understands the work saying it is a 24 hour job, and supports the raises.
"They should not be expected to do it for free or at a cost to themselves," says Cutler.
Others strongly disagree, saying they haven't seen a raise like that with their jobs.