Yesterday I received my appointment by City Manager Mike Hein to the City of Tucson’s Citizen’s Commission on Public Service and Compensation. That is a rather long title for the seven member group that meets over a two-month period to recommend the salary levels for the Mayor and City Council members here in Tucson. Since the City Manager is so interested in cutting from various parts of the budget, I think it will be difficult to justify a raise this year.
The Mayor’s current salary is $42,000 and council members receive $24,000. Along with that comes use of a city vehicle (or compensation for using your own), health/medical/dental/life insurance benefits equal to those of full-time city employees, the same retirement benefits as city employees, an office, a staff, and an individual budget. Not too shabby for a part-time job (think about 100 or so days a year).