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POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Part-time, full-time? Higher salary won’t address city’s long-term needs

The issue of whether the position of Bardstown mayor is part-time or full-time is an exercise in semantics.

Bardstown’s chief executive is considered part-time and is paid about $18,000 a year, a fact current Mayor John Royalty has said is not commensurate with the demands. Several past mayors have agreed.

Just about every mayor in recent Bardstown history has put in 40 or more hours a week serving in the role, which hardly seems part-time. So the issue is really about compensation, not hours.

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