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Council pay cut to buy police officer

30% drop in allowances for elected officials will pay for police officer in the Isère town of La Tour du Pin, mayor says

ELECTED officials in the Isère town of La Tour du Pin have agreed to cut 30% from their monthly allowances - to pay for a police officer.

New mayor Fabien Rajon, who was voted into office by the 8,000 inhabitants of the town in March’s elections, has reduced his own compensation by 40%, from €2,048 to €1,100 per month.

He said: “This is to show that in times of crisis, politicians can and should make an effort for their fellow citizens.”

He said that the savings, which amount to about €200,000 over six years, would “virtually finance the hiring” of a new municipal police officer.

Last week, the city council of Grenoble decided to cut compensation to city officials by 25%. Mayor Eric Piolle’s compensation reduced from €5,512 to €4,219 per month. This measure should save “nearly €300,000 per year," according to city officials.

In contrast, Philippe de La Grange, the Front National mayor of Luc, in the Var, and his officials have voted in a 15% increase in their allowances. He described the rise as “more symbolic than financial”.

Photo: Jean-Louis Zimmerman

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