Arizona

Dec 2, 2013 10:49 AM by Associated Press

Mesa mulls pay raise proposal for mayor, council

PHOENIX (AP) - The Mesa City Council is considering increasing the pay of council members and the mayor.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1cE3Wv7) that a similar proposal was narrowly defeated a year ago, but now the idea is back.

The issue arose in 2012 as business leaders sought ways to broaden the base of residents who could serve on the council and wanted to ensure that Mesa has a professional-caliber mayor paid commensurately with the job's full-time duties.

The council created a five-member citizens panel that proposed raising the pay of the mayor and council.

The proposal now on the table calls for the pay hikes to be effective in January 2015.

The citizens panel recommended a $73,545 annual salary for mayor and $36,832 a year for each council member.

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