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Boise Mayor, City Council won’t raise their pay in 2021

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Mayor Lauren McLean and members of the Boise City Council won’t take home their typical pay raises in 2021. 

On Tuesday, Boise City Council unanimously voted to decline their annual pay raise for the upcoming year. McLean’s pay will remain $145,099, instead of increasing to $149,452.

Boise City Council’s pay will remain at $26,430. If they had taken the increase, it would have moved up to $27,223 annually for each council member. Council members work part-time.

[New Idaho law will force Boise to adopt city council districts. It’s not clear how that will work]

Neither McLean nor any membersof the city council discussed the decision during a Tuesday meeting.

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The city enacted a series of modest budget tightening moves in recent months, including pulling out of a mobility collaborative, reducing the rate of employee raises, trimming maintainence and operations spending and more. The city said it would shed $34 milllion from its budget this year over the previous year, and elected not to raise property taxes on existing homes and businesses.

Margaret Carmel
Margaret is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at margaret@boisedev.com or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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