We haven’t seen any campaign signs and doubt there has been any public outcry to grant Mayor Dave Bieter a 20% salary hike, but in this non-city election year the Mayor and City Council are granting themselves pay boosts.
Not many people are able to give themselves raises. Most folks who work for someone else have to at least ASK for a raise.
Bieter used to brag he hadn’t had a raise in nine years and doesn’t get a city car assigned to him. So that is apparently justification to take the raise in one lump sum. That would give him a few bucks shy of $110,000 as well as another $1800 a year in taxpayer cash to cover travel within the city to meetings and cell phone use.
Hizzonor currently makes $91,229 annually. The six City Councilors wages would bump up to $22,800 from the current $19,375.
A first reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the State Capitol (temporary meeting quarters during city hall renovations). Second and third readings would take place at subsequent meetings.
City councilors make more than legislators, the sheriff makes more than the governor, the county clerk makes more than the Secretary of State. Local government pays well!
Ironically local government is funded mostly from property taxes. Property values have plummeted over the past 5 years, but most budgets have remained constant or increased–in the case of Boise City the budget goes up each year.
Perhaps these dedicated officials are rewarding themselves for their innovation and selflessness in times of economic recession. Afterall, they have been able to build and renovate facilities as well as provide enough cash for personal raises.
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