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Pay Raises for City Council & Mayor Unanimously Rejected

The Salary Setting Commission’s recommendation for salary increases for all city councilmembers and the mayor was rejected today by the city council. The proposed recommendations would have increased a councilmember’s salary from $75,386 to $175,000 and the mayor’s salary from $100,464 to $235,000 - effective on July 1, 2012 or 2013.

Despite similar recommendations in previous years, the council has not approved a salary increase since 2003, although councilmember Carl DeMaio pointed out that an increase was approved in May of 2008, but rescinded two days later after public outcry.

The commission, which is an independent citizen volunteer committee, attempted to make its case for the pay increase by stating that since 2003, the cost of living in San Diego has increased by 26.1%; and that current salary levels for the mayor and city council are far below equivalent positions in the private sector and far below the level needed to attract well-qualified and experienced candidates.

Their findings also pointed out that for the 2010 fiscal calendar year, 3,528 city employees had earnings subject to Medicare that exceeded $75,386. (Supporting documentation noted that most of those employees were ranking police officers and fire fighters).

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The Salary Setting Commission’s recommendation for salary increases for all city councilmembers and the mayor was rejected today by the city council. The proposed recommendations would have increased a councilmember’s salary from $75,386 to $175,000 and the mayor’s salary from $100,464 to $235,000 - effective on July 1, 2012 or 2013.

Despite similar recommendations in previous years, the council has not approved a salary increase since 2003, although councilmember Carl DeMaio pointed out that an increase was approved in May of 2008, but rescinded two days later after public outcry.

The commission, which is an independent citizen volunteer committee, attempted to make its case for the pay increase by stating that since 2003, the cost of living in San Diego has increased by 26.1%; and that current salary levels for the mayor and city council are far below equivalent positions in the private sector and far below the level needed to attract well-qualified and experienced candidates.

Their findings also pointed out that for the 2010 fiscal calendar year, 3,528 city employees had earnings subject to Medicare that exceeded $75,386. (Supporting documentation noted that most of those employees were ranking police officers and fire fighters).

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