Logan City Council members still have a few items to work through before presenting the final 2019-2020 budget to the public.
One of those items discussed during Tuesday night’s council meeting is also a touchy subject for elected officials: pay raises.
“It’s a tough call to raise your own salary,” said City Council Chair Jeannie Simmonds.
Human Resources Director Greg Cox believes it’s not a tough call, but a necessary one. Cox said Logan is behind in compensation compared to other cities of the same size in the state.
“In the future, if we get somebody who wants to run for mayor because it is a job and they want to earn a living,” he said, “I think we’ve got to keep the wage higher to get those people here.”
Cox is proposing the annual salary of the Mayor be adjusted to $97,024 base salary plus $6,000 car allowance. Total annual compensation $103,024, a 4 percent increase from the previous year. The position of Mayor in Logan is full-time.
The annual salary of elected City Council members will be adjusted to $15,606 plus $300 car allowance. Total annual compensation $15,906, also a 4 percent increase. Council members are part-time employees.
Cox explained the average compensation for council members in the state is $17,000. “Last year you guys were probably getting .50 cents an hour with all the time and effort you put in,” he said.
“I think we approve it,” stated Cox.
Last year, Mayor Holly Daines donated her salary increase to charity.
A public hearing on wage compensation and all other items proposed in the 2019-2020 Budget will be held on June 18.