Callaway's town officials explain why they 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.

In Fulton, the monthly stipend is a little higher for elected officials — $1,000 for mayor and $100 for council members. Holts Summit pays its mayor $500 a month and its aldermen $200.

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The New Bloomfield mayor and aldermen are volunteers and receive no pay for serving. In Mokane, council members are also unpaid, and the mayor receives $100 a month.

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