Rocky River City Council members want to raise their salaries and those of the mayor and law director starting next year.
The mayor’s salary would get the biggest boost, a $4,525 raise, or about 4.55 percent, under proposed legislation. The salary would go from $99,500 to $104,025 annually.
Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its meeting Monday night.
If the measure is approved, at-large and ward council pay would go from $12,000 annually to $12,500. The council president’s salary would go from $13,500 to $14,000 annually. The law director’s would go from $59,000 to $60,500.
Council cannot give raises to elected officials during the term of office they are serving, and can only approve them beginning with the next term of office. The mayor, law director and city council positions are on the ballot this year.
If approved, the increase for council members would be about 4 percent and would be their first in six years, said council President Jim Moran. The raise in 2013 had been the only one for council since 2006, he said.
“This increase would put us more in line with what other city councils in the area are getting,” Moran said.
Councilmen Chris Klym and Brian Sindelar, however, do not support the proposed raises for council.
“When the salary was increased six years ago, it was specifically to address changes in the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System), Klym said. “An increase, even though it has been six years, is not justified for this position.”
Klym and Sindelar said the current annual salary for council is appropriate.
Referring to the mayor’s increase of about 4.5 percent, Moran said that without it, the mayor’s salary would drop below that of some directors. Moran said that is not appropriate since the directors report to the mayor. He said the mayor’s position got a raise for the current term for similar reasons, saying it should not be below directors’ salaries. The increase for the mayor and law director positions would put their pay more in line with other cities.
Klym said the proposed increases for the mayor and law director’s jobs are different because the people holding those jobs are forgoing opportunities to earn wages in other positions.
Moran said the city did not increase salaries when its budget was tight and said giving a raise now is appropriate in the current economic climate.
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