Agenda Item: 4


CITY OF SANTA CLARITA
AGENDA REPORT

CONSENT CALENDAR

City Manager Approval:

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Item to be presented by:

Jennifer Curtis


DATE:


June 25, 2013

SUBJECT:

INTRODUCTION OF AN ORDINANCE CONCERNING CITY COUNCILMEMBER SALARY

DEPARTMENT:

City Manager's Office

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RECOMMENDED ACTION

City Council introduce and pass to second reading an ordinance entitled "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTION 2.04.048 OF THE SANTA CLARITA MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING CITY COUNCIL SALARY."

BACKGROUND

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council are paid monthly by the City, under specific provisions of state law, for the substantial amount of time and effort they contribute leading our local government. In addition to participating in regular meetings of the City Council, Members of the City Council represent the City on regional and statewide boards, commissions and organizations; participate in a wide range of community events occurring during the week days, evenings, and weekends; and meet with residents and constituents on a variety of issues important to the City. Furthermore, due to a series of annexations, the size of the City has grown thereby increasing the number of constituents the Council serves.

Government Code 36516 sets forth basic provisions that allow regular adjustments to the City Council salary. Government Code Section 36516.5 requires that City Council salary adjustments be adopted by the present City Council to be effective for future City Councils and provides for Councilmember pay to be increased up to 5% for each calendar year from the operative date of the last adjustment to salary.

In compliance with the Government Code, Councilmember salary has historically been reviewed and adjusted every two years. The last salary adjustment occurred on July 1, 2012, and was a total of 10% for the previous four-year period covering July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2012. That increase averaged 2.5% per year or half as much as what is allowed by state law.

Council salary was most recently reviewed at the regular City Council meeting of June 11, 2013, and Council proposed a total pay increase of six percent (not compounded) for the period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, to be effective on July 1, 2014. This increase would average 3% for each of the two years and is again less than the 5% allowed by Government Code Section 36516.

The proposed monthly adjustment is as follows:

Current salary Proposed salary

$1,728.84 $1,832.57

ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS

Other action as determined by the City Council.

FISCAL IMPACT

The proposed salary increase of $103.73 per month per Councilmember represents a total annual cost to the City of $6,223.80 for all five Councilmembers.


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