Is a pay raise in the forecast for Santa Clarita City Council members?
Find out Tuesday evening when the council decides on a possible 10-percent salary increase.
The council is authorized to vote themselves a 5-percent raise for calendar-year 2016, plus they could go back and take the 5-percent bump they decided not to collect in calendar 2015.
If the council votes itself the maximum raise, the new pay rate would be $2,015.83 per month.
The item was first presented to the city council on Oct. 27, 2015 when they voted not to increase their monthly salary of $1,832.57, which has not been raised since July 1, 2014.
Councilman Dante Acosta brought the issue back to the council at a meeting on Dec. 8, 2015.
“Members of the Santa Clarita City Council are compensated monthly by the city, under specific provisions of state law, for the substantial amount of time and effort they contribute leading our local government,” according to Tuesday’s agenda.
In addition to participating in regular meetings, members also participate in various community events, meet with constituents on issues of concern to residents and represent the city on regional and statewide boards, commissions and organizations.
At the Oct. 27, 2015 meeting, Councilman TimBen Boydston said he didn’t think it was appropriate for the Santa Clarita City Council to take a raise.
“I know that none of us up here are doing it for the money, at least that’s what I’ve been told,” said Boydston. “This is a problem with a lot of people and I think as council people we need to set a good example.”
Any potential increase approved can not go into effect until after the November 2016 election results are certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder and the Santa Clarita City Clerk. The increase would take effect on the first full pay period calendar year 2017.
The Santa Clarita City Council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the City Council Chambers, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard.