Slayden Mayor Gary Hodges has proposed reducing his monthly salary and sharing that money with the town’s three commissioners. At Tuesday’s monthly meeting, Hodges asked that his salary be reduced from $250 a month to $100 and that the $150 be split each month among commissioners Mary Smathers, Tammy Potts and Debbie Smith. The commission unanimously approved a motion by Smathers to “abide by the mayor’s wishes,” and the first $50 checks were distributed to the commissioners. In December 2010, the commission voted to begin paying then-Mayor Michael Davenport a $250 per month salary while the three-member commission served without pay. Hodges, an attorney who was elected mayor in an uncontested race in November, said Slayden doesn’t have much money to spend but he believes the commissioners should be compensated and proposed reducing his salary to make those funds available..