ROY -- It has been almost three years since the city established its own justice court.
At the time, city officials said they would review Judge Scott Waterfall's salary after a few months on the job to see if he was in line for a raise.
That review hasn't happened yet, and Waterfall wants some answers.
Waterfall recently made a presentation to the city council. When his salary was set in March 2010, it was $90,000. The outgoing Weber County Justice Court judge, who had handled Roy cases, was making $107,000.
City officials told Waterfall they wanted to wait to see how viable the court would be.
Waterfall maintains that the city has added more than $1 million to its general fund since 2010, making the court viable for the city.
City Manager Chris Davis said that $1 million isn't extra money for the city's general fund. Expenses such as the charges to the state, salaries for Waterfall and three and a half other employees come out of that $1 million, making the court not quite as profitable as the city had hoped.
For fiscal year 2012, the city reported a net income of $310,000 from the court.
Waterfall expressed frustration with the situation, saying that when he took on the Roy Justice Court and outlying municipalities were added in 2010, it changed the court from a class B to a class A court. State law mandates that a judge presiding over a class A court cannot practice law on the side.
The Roy court also serves other cities, including Huntsville, West Haven and Hooper.
Waterfall also said that at Roy's request he quit working as a part-time judge for South Ogden.
He compared his salary to other department heads in Roy, showing that he makes at least $40,000 per year less than most of the other department heads.
City Councilman Dave Tafoya said he doesn't remember the council asking him to quit working for South Ogden City.
Tafoya also took issue with Waterfall's claims of the time he spends with the Roy Justice Court. He said he pulled records that showed Waterfall met for 110 court days in the last year, which roughly calculates to two days per week.
"The bottom line is that you're a part-time employee making $90,000 a year. If it were up to me, we would only be paying you $30,000," Tafoya said. "You have your own free will. If you don't like what you're grabbing, you are welcome to look elsewhere."
City Councilman Michael Stokes said he doesn't mind paying Waterfall the extra money if he could see some statistics that show exactly how many cases Waterfall sees per month compared to other cities.
Waterfall said he sees an average of about 700 cases per month -- at least 200 more per month than he did prior to the addition of the outlying municipalities.
Stokes maintains he could look at the same data Waterfall was showing and show why Waterfall shouldn't have a raise.
"I'd like to see your case load ... We need to normalize the data," Stokes said.
Stokes was quick to clarify with Waterfall that he wasn't attacking his integrity or whether he deserved a raise, but that he just needs a better understanding of the justice court.
The council said they would discuss Waterfall's salary and the possibility for a raise at its work session Jan. 8, along with possible raises for other members of his department.
Mayor Joe Ritchie told Waterfall that perhaps the city could look at a wage increase schedule. He said:
"We don't want to let this fall through the cracks (again)."