Initiative 300, which would replace the city’s longstanding council-manager form of government with a strong-mayor system, eliminating the city manager position and giving the mayor broad new powers, calls for increasing the mayor’s pay to about $96,000 a year.
Currently, the mayor is paid about $6,250 a year.
Duncan, who would freeze wages and possibly increase health insurance premiums of city workers, said he would lead by example by accepting a salary of “only” $75,000.
“I can’t very well bring that to the people without being willing to do something like that myself,” he said today.
Duncan said “city salaries are a large part of the problem with our budget shortfalls and for the distrust in government by the citizens of our city.”
Duncan also said he doesn’t want to be “one of those leaders” that “expect everybody to cut back” when they won’t do the same.
“I can’t go that route,” he said.
Duncan said city employees in management positions “across the board” are paid excessively.
He said he would have included employees at Colorado Springs Utilities in his cost-cutting plans if elected mayor.
But he said he recently found out that Initiative 300 would take power away from the mayor when it comes to the city-owned utility.