City officials explain why they sign up to serve

City service across Callaway County includes commitments of time, planning and community involvement. With April elections on the way and Tuesday’s candidate filing deadline now past, what it means to be a civil servant is once again on the table.

Serving on a city council or aldermen board, in some cities, is unpaid. Other times the monthly stipend is minimal.

For the last several years in Auxvasse, the mayor and aldermen have voted to forego receiving their monthly compensations — $75 for the mayor and $37.50 for aldermen.

Auxvasse Alderwoman Stephanie Leverett explained that with the city budget already so tight, it seemed the right thing to do.

“It’s a small part that we can play,” Leverett said. “We just decided it was a gesture we could make.”

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