|Published:||May 05, 2011 11:24 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 05, 2011 8:30 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - The Cape Coral Mayor and City Council Members could be looking at a $10,000 a year dollar raise.
Late last year the city's Charter Review Commission suggested paying elected officials more money.
Now their plan is finally put on paper.
Council Member Bill Deile reviewed the report just a Thursday afternoon.
"As a rough guess, I would estimate that would be a ten thousand dollar raise for each council member. Slightly more for the mayor," Deile said.
Here's how it the plan breaks down.
Currently elected officials are paid per registered voter in the city.
The mayor is paid twenty cents for every voter
Council members are paid seventeen cents.
The Charter Review Commission suggests the mayor and council members be paid per resident, not registered voter.
"I think it makes more sense to do it by resident because we represent everybody whether they vote or not," Deile said.
This would bump the mayor's salary to $33,000 dollars a year and council members about $28,000.
However, the city's already in an financial crunch, employees are taking pay cuts and furloughs.
Resident say paying elected officials more money is a bad idea.
"The mayor he has to set examples. Examples to set are, "I want to help the community out and I'm not going to accept this raise."," said one resident.
"I think they should hold off for a while. We're in hard times," said Mel Gormin.
The Charter Review Commission believes bumping up the pay for elected officials will encourage more people to run for office.
Even if this idea were to move forward, it has to be approved by voters and if it were to pass, it wouldn't go into effect until next year.
Also, Council Members don't have to take it.
"You can decline the raise," Deile said.
The Charter Review Commission also suggests city council set their own salaries.
The Commission will present their suggestions at Monday's council meeting.
Some of the other ideas they have include changing the eligibility requirements to run for office and duties at the City Manager's Office.
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