LWV criticizes council’s ‘non-transparent, rushed process’ to raise its own pay

LWV criticizes council’s ‘non-transparent, rushed process’ to raise its own pay

Marcia Johnson,  President, League of Women Voters of Newton, presented the following letter to the Programs and Services Committee Wednesday evening. 

On June 19, 2019, two members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) observed a meeting held by the City Council’s Programs and Services Committee regarding the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Salaries. Our comments below are

Should Newton’s elected officials get a raise? Do you want to be part of the decision process?

City Council President Marc Laredo is looking for individuals interested in serving on a Blue Ribbon Commission examine the compensation of Newton’s elected officials.

By way of background, our Mayor receives a salary of $125,000 a year for her full-time service (the Mayor is barred by our city charter from having other employment while serving as Mayor) our City Council members each receive a salary (also referred to as a stipend) of $9,750 a year; and elect

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