It took about 70 minutes for the Citizen's Salary Commission to fix the pay of the new County Council positions created under voter-approved Proposition 1, which reduces the council from six part-time legislators to three full-time elected officials.
The three new council positions will be paid $74,930 per year, plus a benefit package substantially similar to the package for present council members.
The vote, confirmed by the county Human Resources Manager Pamela Morais, was five in favor, two opposed, with one abstention. Two members of the 10-person volunteer panel were not present at the Nov. 9 commission meeting.
According to Morais, the commission doubled the present council members' part-time salaries and added 10 percent to bring the total up to 100 percent of an average council member salary, calculated when the six-person council salaries were set six years ago, at the time the charter was first implemented.
Under the amendments proposed by the Charter Review Commission and approved by voters Nov. 6, the current six-person council will continue in office until the new three-person council is selected in a special election in April.
Existing council members can file for election to the new council by filing a declaration of candidacy and paying a filing fee before Dec. 15.
— Steve Wehrly/Journal reporter