Mayor Steve Bach said Wednesday he hopes the City Council will reverse its decision Tuesday to refer to the April ballot a proposed charter change to increase council compensation.
The council voted 5-4 to refer the measure to the ballot.
But the proposal, which calls for increasing council pay from $6,250 a year to $48,000, effective in 2015, still requires a second reading at the Feb. 12 council meeting.
“I cannot support” the ballot proposal, Bach said during his monthly press conference.
“It’s simply because I think that’s a piecemeal approach to, frankly, reinventing our City Council. I do think we should have a serious discussion about council compensation. They do work very hard. I think they should be compensated fairly, and I’m not sure that’s the case right now. But I think that needs to be tied to council’s long-term role and responsibilities,” he said.
Bach reiterated his pledge to work with council on an expedited charter review “and hopefully come to a consensus on those matters which we should ask the voters to consider.”
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