Sound off on mayor and council salaries by Aug. 19

Aug 16, 2019

How much should members of the Edmonds City Council and the mayor be paid? The City of Edmonds Salary Commission wants to know what you think. But hurry – the deadline is Monday, Aug. 19.

The mayor is a full-time position and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the City. The mayor’s 2019 salary is $125,940 plus health benefits. Councilmembers are part-time positions and earn $15,000 per year plus health benefits; the council president earns $17,400 per year plus benefits.

All councilmembers have the option to take a cash equivalent in lieu of health care insurance.

The Salary Commission, composed of five volunteer community members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council, is charged with setting binding compensation levels for the elected officials in Edmonds.

The Commission has scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Public Safety Training Room, 250 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Each person will be given up to three minutes to speak.

In addition to the five public scheduled meetings and two public hearings, the Commission is asking members of the community to complete a survey. The survey is available at surveymonkey.com/r/G53WPMC or by visiting City Hall for a paper version.

The survey will close at the end of business Aug. 19.

Said Jay Grant, chair of the Salary Commission: “In the past, the most significant aspect used has been comparison of relevant data from comparative cities. We are looking at alternatives during this cycle and invite the community to offer input by completing a survey so the Commission can consider additional views.”

Survey results will be published on the City’s website.

Under city ordinance, the five-member Salary Commission must present a binding decision regarding compensation levels to the mayor and City Council by Sept. 30 of each odd-numbered year.

The Commission may consider many factors in setting compensation, including elected officials’ pay and benefits in comparable cities, and economic trends such as inflation.

 

 

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