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January 21st, 2009
A brief history of city council compensation

1967

The city’s original home rule charter specifies that “members of the city council shall serve without pay or compensation but shall be entitled to all necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.”

1984

The charter is amended to cap reimbursable expenses at $6,000 per year for the mayor and $3,600 per year for other council members.

1988

The annual expense cap is deleted. Says the council will provide for its own expenses in the city budget and set its own rules by ordinance or resolution for receiving reimbursements.

2000

The charter is amended to provide each council member to $100 for each meeting with a maximum of three paid meetings for month. The amendment also sets a cap of $5,000 for each council member, including the mayor, for expenses “incurred in the performance of official city business.”

2002

The $100 per meeting payment is repealed by charter amendment. The $5,000 annual cap is removed and the rules for budgeting for council expenses reverts to the 1988 language.

2006

Voters reject a charter amendment to reinstate the $100 per meeting stipend.

2008

Voters approve a charter amendment that “city council compensation shall be set in a public forum by ordinance of the city council.” The portion of the charter dealing with expense reimbursement is unchanged.

— COMPILED BY SAN MARCOS CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND STAFF REPORTS

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