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S.D. Salary Commission Recommends Change to City Charter

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Aired 2/3/10

San Diego city’s Salary Setting Commission recommends a charter amendment, so the mayor and council don’t have to vote on their own salary increases.

San Diego city’s Salary Setting commission recommends a charter amendment, so the mayor and council don’t have to vote on their own salary increases.

The mayor and city council have not had a pay raise since 2003.

The Salary Setting Commission concludes council members should be getting $175,000 a year instead of $75,000, and the mayor should be getting $235,000 instead of $100,000. Currently 3,400 city employees make more than the elected officials.

But in view of the political and economic climate, the commission recommends no raise this year and then raises starting with a 15 percent raise next year.

Chairman Mark McMahon, says the current salaries may discourage qualified candidates from running for office.

“We just want to make sure we have the largest pool of qualified candidates to lead the city.” McMahon says. “We are not sure we are getting that when the city council salary is slightly above the median family income for the city of San Diego.”

McMahon says it’s too politically difficult for the council to vote on their own salaries, and the charter should be changed to tie their salaries to comparable jobs in the private or the public sector.

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