By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/20/15, 6:47 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The City Council on Tuesday approved new contracts for the city manager and city attorney, which include salary increases and a change in their retirement contributions.

City Manager N. Enrique Martinez and City Attorney Dan McHugh are set to get a 3 percent increase to their base salaries, effective immediately, and an additional 3 percent increase in 2016.

They will get an additional 7 percent bump to their salaries in order to compensate for their having to pay 7 percent toward retirement, which they were previously not doing.

“It’s been seven or eight years since anybody had a raise,” said Mayor Paul Foster on Wednesday. “The percentages are based on the same percent many bargaining groups got. Those two individual senior managers report directly to the council. They had not benefited from any type of adjustment in all those years.”

These salary increases follow increases negotiated with several of the city’s employee groups, which were approved by the council in April.

The council agreed to the changes during closed session and approved the new contracts during open session. The contracts were made available online Wednesday morning.

With the 7 percent and the 3 percent increases, Martinez’s base salary increases from $240,487 to about $265,041 in the first year of the contract.

McHugh’s base salary will increase from $212,659 to about $234,371 in the first year.

Of that, Martinez and McHugh will each be paying the 7 percent to PERS that the city used to pay on their behalf.

The increases in base salary also means increases in taxes and other benefits paid by the city, said Carl Baker, city spokesman, who confirmed all of the figures by phone Wednesday.

Martinez’ new contract will cost the city about $9,500 during the first year and $9,700 in the second year. On top of that the city will pay about $3,800 more annually.

McHugh’s new contract will cost the city about $8,200 for the first year and $8,500 for the second year. On top of that the city will pay about $3,100 more annually.

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