FROM STAFF REPORTS
After giving the measure initial approval earlier this month, the San Marcos City Council is scheduled on Tuesday to take a second vote on double-digit percentage increases in the compensation its members receive.
Saying their responsibilities have increased in recent years in tandem with the population, a council majority voted on April 7 to raise the mayor’s monthly stipend from $1,200 to $1,700, a 41.6 percent increase, and to raise council members’ monthly stipends from $950 to $1,450, a 52.6 percent increase.
Council members approved the pay raise 5-2 with Jude Prather and Shane Scott dissenting. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and council members John Thomaides, Ryan Thomason, Lisa Prewitt and Jane Hughson voted in favor.
Since becoming a “home rule” municipality in 1967, compensation and expense reimbursement levels for the mayor and council members were established in the city charter and changes required voter approval in a citywide election.
In November 2008, voters approved a charter amendment that grants council members the authority to set their own compensation through an ordinance approved in a public meeting. In November 2009, the council allocated $950 monthly for the mayor and $500 for council members; in 2013, compensation was increased to $1,200 monthly for the mayor and $750 for council members.
Here’s a look at compensation received by council members in other Texas cities:
|Austin||$6,863/month ||$5,839/month |
|New Braunfels||$300/month ||$200/month |
|San Antonio||$3,000/month||$80/month |
| Austin mayor receives $82,387 annually ($100,421 with benefits) and city council members receive $70,075 annually ($87,167 with benefits)
 New Braunfels mayor receives $75 per meeting and council members receive $50 per meeting. Monthly compensation used in this table based on an estimated average of four meetings per month.
 San Antonio council members receive $20 per meeting, not to exceed $1,040 annually. Monthly compensation used in this table based on an estimated average of four meetings per month.
CORRECTION: Under the proposal being considered April 20, the mayor would be paid $1,700 monthly and council members would be paid $1,450 monthly. The story orignally had the amounts transposed.Email | Print
Dang, I wish I could give myself pay raises. A 53% raise seems like an abuse of a ordinance given in good will by the towns people. I call BS on their justification in that their responsibilities have grown with the population. They knew what they were getting into when they ran for office. Take a look at the other cities listed above. Like they have more work than San Antonio ? Laughable.
Voters need to revisit this amendment.