The annual $9,750 stipend paid to Newton’s City Councilors has not changed since 1997. And, as Jonathan Dame reports in today’s TAB, it’s considerably lower than the $18,105 average salary paid to councilors in 19 comparable Massachusetts cities.

On the other hand, Newton pays more in total on council salaries than many communities because we have such a large number of seats on the councill

Should they get a raise? 

“The bottom line is I feel the pay is so low it makes people not consider running for the office because it takes so much to run,” said Ward 3 Councilor at-large Jim Cote. “And the time commitment is so huge, you actually lose quality people who can’t afford to run.”