The city's councillors won't receive an increase in their pay this year, however it is yet to be seen if they elect to take a pay cut.
The NSW Local Government Remuneration Tribunal has released its report for 2020, which determines how much money councillors will be paid.
The tribunal has not allowed any increase in fees for the financial year beginning on July 1.
"Given the current economic and social circumstances, the tribunal has determined that there be no increase in the minimum and maximum fees applicable to each existing category," its report reads.
Griffith City Council is ranked as a regional-rural council and a councillor can expect to receive between $9,190 and $20,280, while a mayor would receive extra money, between $19,580 and $44,250.
Griffith resident and former councillor Bill Lancaster appealed to councillors during their first June meeting to take a pay cut.
Council is likely to make a decision on June 23 or on July 8.
The Area News asked councillors whether they believed there was support for taking a reduction in pay.
Deputy mayor Doug Curran said he was prepared to listen to a debate about reducing pay, he didn't believe it was needed.
While committee meetings had been paused because of COVID-19, all the issues were still in play and decisions had to be made.
"Over the last few months our workloads have reduced, but the next three months, they'll increase," he said.
Cr Curran said staff would have factored in a 2.5 per cent increase as part of budget planning last year.
He said those savings could be used in the community grants to help community groups recover from COVID-19.
Councillors Brian Simpson and Simon Croce said the remuneration tribunal's determination was "fair".
Cr Simpson said councillors being asked to serve an extra year on their term due to the pandemic was "unexpected" and it was "healthy" to have a debate around what councillors are paid.
"May it's something council will need to discuss," Cr Simpson said.
"It wouldn't surprise me if a majority accepted a reduction. We are very concerned about the community, and we're here for the community."
Councillor Christine Stead said she would be happy if council agreed to maintain the current pay level or cut it.
"A cut could be on the cards," Councillor Glen Andreazza said.
Cr Andreazza said he could accept sharing some of the pain that many in the community were facing.
"Even if [the tribunal] had come out with an increase, I wouldn't support that, it's embarrassing to give yourself an increase in this environment," he said.
Cr Dino Zappacosta said he would consider a pay cut and that any money saved could be donated.
"I'd certainly look at a reduction of a certain percentage, and donating that percentage to a local charity," he said.
Councillor Anne Napoli initially said on Wednesday that she would wait until the council meeting and on Thursday welcomed the Tribunal's report.
"If that's the least we can do for our community, that's a very good thing," Cr Napoli said.
"I wish we could do more.
"With what's happening in Australia and the world, I think everyone has to look after each other."
Councillor Mike Neville said he was also wait until the council meeting to see a report, but was supportive of the status quo.
"We will probably have to put in a fair bit more work once we get an all clear from the Office of Local Government," Cr Neville said.
Mayor John Dal Broi said there was certainly no increase in pay councillors, he didn't expect a reduction to find support among a majority of councillors.
He said rebates for rates and relief from council fees, as well finding funds to share with community groups in the budget for next year.
Cr Dal Broi said the meeting schedules had changed because of COVID-19, councillors were still being asked to consider issues by ratepayers every day.
"Councillors still have to debate and consult, put up resolutions and motions to cater for the community," he said.
Cr Rina Mercuri declined to comment.
Councillors Eddy Mardon and Deb Longhurst were contacted for comment.