Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mystery Pay Raises?

Bell, Callifornia, a poor suburban city of 34,000, pays paid their city administrator $800,000/year, the city council members and the mayor made over $100,000 (by finagling the system); the police chief made $457,000 and the assistant city manager $376,000.

Monona pays its alders $3000/year and the mayor $4800. The last raise was in 1994, I think.

For Wisconsin data.


  1. so...if you become mayor here...don't quit your day job, huh??

    I like Robb so this not a cut on him at all but do you think more would run for mayor if it "paid better"??

  2. "do you think more would run for mayor if it paid better?"

    Yes. Money is, of course, a, if not the prmiary incentive we use in this society to encourage any desired behavior.

    The pay should be enough so that doing the job isn't regarded purely as a civic duty or a civic version of noblesse oblige.

    I do not think we need a full-time mayor, however.

  3. I have an inkling of an idea of how much time it takes to be mayor...and it is worth way more than the $300-400 a month that they have to devote to being in that job. If I am a middle class person working to get by....the extra cash may sweeten the pot in order to get me to run. If anything, pay for the extra gas..and babysitting coverage for the time away from home.

    I don't think that we need a full time Mayor but I do think if we were to compare area communities...we are falling short in the area of compensation.