City To Create Salary Review Commission

The discussion on creating a salary review commission was started during a Jamestown City Council work session Monday.

Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said every four years the council can create a salary review commission. If one is created, he said three members of the commission will be chosen by the mayor, Sam Teresi, and three will be selected by the council president, Marie Carrubba, Ward 4 councilwoman. He added that the commission has not been officially created and no members have been selected yet.

Council members receive a salary of $5,000 a year, with the president receiving $6,000. The last time the council members received an increase in pay was in 1984. The salary for the mayor is $72,000. The last time the mayor’s salary increased was 2008.

The last time a salary review commission was formed was four years ago. In December 2014, the salary review commission recommended a salary increase for the mayor from $72,000 to $80,000 starting in 2016, with the salary increasing an additional $5,000 in 2017 and by $2,500 in 2018 and 2019, to a total of $90,000.

In 2014, the commission recommended council members’ salaries increasing from $5,000 a year to $6,000 in 2016, with the president’s salary increasing from $6,000 to $7,000. Also, for the first time, committee chairs would get an additional $500 bonus. The council during several meetings discussed the recommendations by the salary review commission, but didn’t act on any of the proposals.

Dolce said because of budget restraints at the time, of which the council still deals with, they decided not to make any adjustments to elected officials salaries. He said even though they are still dealing with financial issues, there probably should be some type of adjustment made seeing that the council’s salary hasn’t increased in the last 34 years and the mayor’s hasn’t changed in the last 10 years.

Teresi said a salary of an elected officials cannot be adjusted during a current term, which is why if any adjustment is made it will go into effect in 2020.