Amherst will freeze salaries next year for all elected officials.
The Amherst Town Board was considering hiking the salaries of the town's two justices by $8,000 next year, from $42,000 to $50,000.
But the Town Board, instead, agreed to keep salaries for all elected officials at the same pay scale as this year.
"I just think it's absolutely outrageous to give a 20 percent raise when we're talking about cutting taxes," said Council Member Jane S. Woodward, a Republican.
Council Member Peggy G. Santillo, a Democrat, agreed.
"I don't think this is the appropriate time to be giving any of us raises," she said.
Amherst's court administrator, Randi Cohen Kennedy, last week asked the Town Board to consider raising the judges' salaries, as the board assembles a budget for next year.
Neither Mark G. Farrell, a town justice since 1991, nor Sam Maislin, a town justice since 1993, has received a raise since being in office.
In fact, Maislin and Farrell may not have benefited from a pay raise next year, anyway. Maislin is running for re-election and Farrell is running for State Supreme Court justice.
But the position's pay should reflect the court's heavy workload, Cohen Kennedy said.
Amherst Town Court is among the busiest courts in the state, generating a total of $1.6 million in revenues from fines and fees last year, she said. Those revenues are second only to the Town of Southampton court on Long Island, according to state figures.
Nonetheless, salaries for elected officials will remain as follows:
Town Board members, $20,580 each.
Town clerk, $55,000.
Highway superintendent, $61,483.
Town justices, $42,000.