The McCall mayor and council members will see a salary increase starting in January 2022.
During the Thursday evening meeting, the council voted 4-1 to raise the mayor’s salary from $400 per month to $1,000 a month, or $12,000 a year. And voted to raise council member salaries from $250 to $800 a month, or $9,600 a year.
“From my perspective, as mayor, and looking at your job, as council, we have a lot more meetings than when we first started,” Mayor Bob Giles said at a previous meeting. “And everything is ramping up in our town, I believe (this) will lead to more meetings. Not just because of COVID, but our town is busier, there are more pending land-use decisions. And that’s just one area.”
Giles said he wants to ensure people keep stepping up to run for office.
“It’s easy to say, ‘well, let’s just keep everything the same for our salaries.’ But what I’m worried about is that five years from now, who’s going to get to run for office, if all of a sudden we’re now at four meetings a month for city council.”
Though it’s not a full-time job, council member Melanie Holmes pointed out that there are a lot of hours dedicated to it.
“I would estimate that I spend at least 40 to 50 hours a month on just reviewing, researching, and trying to understand fully some of these issues,” Holmes said at a previous meeting.
The budgeted amount for the mayor and council members’ salaries is $42,000 for the fiscal year 2022 compared to $15,300 for the current fiscal year.
This is happening ahead of city elections this November where three of the council’s five seats will be up for election.