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Council votes to increase pay

Posted: June 12, 2013 7:15 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2013 7:15 p.m.

Santa Clarita City Council members voted 3-1 this week to raise council salaries by 6 percent, starting in July 2014.
Council members typically vote on whether to increase salaries every two years, and council salaries were last adjusted in July 2012.

Council members last voted in May 2011 to increase their pay by 10 percent, effective July 1, 2012. That increase was prorated over the four-year period from July 2008 to June 2012, since council pay was not adjusted during that time, according to the city.

State law allows council members to receive annual raises of up to 5 percent. But the council’s vote Tuesday night authorizes a 3 percent annual adjustment covering the years between July 2012 and July 2014.

The adjustment approved Tuesday night will take effect July 1, 2014.

Pay for City Council members is currently set at $1,728.84 per month, according to the city.

Councilwoman Laurene Weste said she supported the idea of an adjustment to council wages but did not want pay adjustments given to council members to outpace those received by city employees.

“I wouldn’t want that (raise) to be ahead of what the employees have now,” she said.

Echoing the sentiment, Councilwoman Marsha McLean suggested the 3 percent per year mark, as it would tie council raises in with cost of living adjustments for city employees.

Councilman TimBen Boydston, though, said he thought the council should “lead by example” and not take a pay raise at all.

“I just think that when we have the opportunity to say ‘no’ to ourselves it is a good thing,” he said.

Boydston was the lone dissenting vote for the wage increase. Councilman Frank Ferry was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.

The raise will become official at an upcoming meeting when council members will vote on whether to adopt an official ordinance authorizing the adjustment.
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