Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/08/2012 07:11:13 AM PDT
UPLAND – City Council members will hold their first regular meeting Monday following the summer break and intend on tackling their own compensation.
The council will consider reducing their benefits as requested by Councilwoman Debbie Stone during the Aug. 13 meeting.
Stone said she believes the council needs to do its share in controlling city costs, following the city manager’s and department heads’ decision to pay the employee share of their pensions.
“City Council pay has progressively increased over the past 10 years,” she said in an email. “I recognize that the council has given up a couple of reimbursements in the last couple of years, but there are many California City Councils that do not receive any compensation.”
City staff prepared historical information on council pay and benefits for the council to review Monday. The council is not required to take any action.
Each City Council member receives $29,358 in salary and benefits. The mayor receives $33,621.
A reduction in the 2011-12 fiscal year budget resulted in $119,818.86 in total council compensation, which is a 11.3 percent decrease from fiscal year 2010-11, according to a city staff report.
Mayor Ray Musser said the council members already have seen significant decreases in their benefits, including the elimination of lifetime medical coverage, the mayor’s gas card and car allowances for the entire council.
“I’m not in favor of changing it,” he said. “I think we should just leave it where it’s at, no increases but no decrease.”
Councilman Gino Filippi said in email that he does not accept mileage pay, telephone or electronic device reimbursements.
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