Pay Raises for City Council and Mayor Tabled for Three Years
Catching up on yesterday’s day-long Alexandria City Council public hearing, the last one of 2015 by going through the video.
As we told you first yesterday morning, at Saturday’s public hearing, City Council tabled the much-discussed pay raises for members and the Mayor.
Council members were looking to raise their pay from $27,500 to $45,000 annually and were looking to increase the mayor’s salary from $30,500 to $50,000. Both were a raise of 60%. Members have not gotten a raise since 2002 and neither have their staff. These raises would have taken effect in January 2016 with the new Mayor and City Council who start their term January 4, 2016.
We urged the Council this week to keep the raises to the amount of the Cost of Living adjustments between 2002-2015 and to keep its promises to our public safety employees.
Councilman Paul Smedberg, who had proposed the motion a few weeks ago, pulled the motion from the table.
“As the maker of the motion we’re going to go ahead and actually propose that we pull this and permanently table it. I think we need to have a more robust public discussion of what our duties are nowadays.”
Councilman Smedberg had pushed for the increase noting the increased regional demands on members. Virginia law prohibits current elected boards from raising their own pay so now that the motion has been pulled, the increase for members and the Mayor cannot be brought up for another three (3) years.
At the meeting, Councilman Smedberg directed City Manager Mark Jinks to come back to City Council with how the City can increase the salaries of the Council members aides.