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Spokane’s Salary Review Commission reviews the council and mayor’s salaries every two years. Many, including Council President Breean Beggs, believe they’re due for a raise, and offered blunt assessments of their roles as city council members.
The City Council will vote to override the former Mayor David Condon’s veto of their revisions to the Salary Review Commission.
On Dec. 30, Condon vetoed the City Council’s changes to the law that governs the Salary Review Commission – a board that sets the salaries of the mayor and city council members –dismayed it did not broaden the scope of the commission’s oversight.
A signature gathering effort to force a referendum on Spokane City Council pay raises has failed. Kelly Lotze, who helped lead the 20-day effort, said his group collected 3,900 signatures. About 5,100 were needed to send the issue to voters for approval.
An effort to block a 44 percent pay increase for Spokane City Council members is rushing to gather enough signatures before a Monday deadline, but organizers acknowledge they may fall short of their goal. Kelly Lotze, who formed the group opposing the pay raises with conservative activist Scott Kusel, said his group has collected about 2,000 signatures – far short of the 5,107 needs to force voter approval of the pay increase.
We believe citizens want their council members to have real jobs, because it is one thing to pass legislation, quite another to have to comply with it.
Our community wants leaders who are more concerned about the number of citizen lives improved than the number of hours they clocked in this week.
The backlash over the council’s pay increase poses a larger question: Has the switch to a strong-mayor form of government delivered greater value?
Following more than a year of controversy, debate and a ballot measure, Spokane Mayor David Condon is getting a pay cut.
After overwhelming support from voters in this summer’s primary election, the citizen board charged with setting the Spokane mayor’s pay is seeking applicants to fill its ranks. The city of Spokane’s five-member Salary Review Commission is short one member and seeking applicants who live in the City Council’s District 2, which covers southern Spokane.
Two ballot measures are before Spokane voters this primary election, one that should be familiar and another that won’t. Proposition 1 will allow the city’s Salary Review Commission to set the mayor’s pay. The measure is the culmination of a heated discussion between Mayor David Condon and the Spokane City Council after the mayor’s 2015 budget proposal included a nearly $7,000 pay raise for his position.
The issue of how much Spokane’s top elected official should be paid was revived Monday by Mayor David Condon, who challenged the City Council to “look to solutions rather than just the problem.” Condon called on the City Council to put a measure on the “next available ballot” asking voters to approve a plan to have the city’s Salary Review Commission set the mayor’s pay. The commission currently determines compensation for City Council members and Municipal Court judges.
Spokane’s mayor would no longer have to be the highest-paid city worker under a proposal voters may decide next year. Councilman Mike Fagan is proposing to give the city’s Salary Review Commission the power to set the mayor’s wage, a change that would require approval from city voters. The idea was first proposed by Mayor David Condon after the blowback he received when he proposed giving himself a raise based on the city charter, which currently requires him to be the top-paid city worker.
Spokane City Council members may be in for a pay raise. A tentative plan by the city’s Salary Review Commission calls for a 4 percent bump, which would be the first increase since 2008.
The Spokane Salary Review Commission is recommending a freeze in City Council salaries.
Spokane City Council members’ secretaries will make more money, getting an additional eight hours a week under a budget plan approved unanimously Monday evening. The council began hiring personal assistants in 2008. Monday’s vote will increase their hours from 20 hours a week to 28 hours a week.
Although facing significant budget troubles in 2011, Spokane City Council members today will consider spending $50,000 to increase the hours worked by their personal assistants. Once considered a part-time job, Spokane City Council members say they believe their council duties require full-time attention. At the end of 2007, the same year they voted to give themselves part-time assistants, they also created a Salary Review Commission, which increased council pay from $18,000 to $30,000 a year.