BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor AJ Holloway has proposed cutting one city employee's salary by almost 80 percent. But don't expect anyone to complain. The employee is the mayor himself.
In the proposed budget, which City Council members will begin reviewing Tuesday, the mayor has cut his own pay by nearly $90,000. Instead of drawing his $115,900 annual salary, Holloway has reduced his city pay to about $27,000 a year.
"To be honest, it's a win-win situation," Holloway said. "I've been paying into the state retirement system for nearly 34 years at this point, and tax-wise, it works out better to begin drawing some of my retirement funds -- better for me and better for the taxpayers of Biloxi. This move saves the city nearly $90,000 a year, which is significant in these budget times."
And, the mayor said, he plans on showing up for work every day, regardless of the pay.
"Frankly, I enjoy the work," Holloway said, "and we have a great deal more to accomplish. I could go for another six to eight years."