Should the mayor and council make more money? - Tucson News Now

Should the mayor and council make more money?

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

City council salaries, should our elected officials be making more? The city has just announced they are now putting together a panel to review appropriate salaries for mayor and council.

Anyone who works as an elected official will tell you it's a full time job with no regular schedule. Should they make more?  Voters will have to make that decision.

"My day starts at 6 a.m. and goes until 8-9 p.m.," said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

"I get home literally 7 days a week at 11:30 or 12 o'clock at night, that's not an exaggeration, I have a full time job on campus," said Steve Kozachik, Ward 6 Tucson City Council.  

In fact most of these council members have more than one job, or a spouse who can support them as they serve the community.

"This is a 60-70 hour commitment a week, it's hard to get away from it, you're on the job all the time," said Councilman Paul Cunningham, Ward 2.

The mayor has put his law career on hold. "I make $42,500 a year," said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

"When I first started salary $12,000.  Now, $24,000.  Which I believe is under poverty level," said Shirley Scott, this is her fifth term on the council.

About $42,000 for the mayor and $24,000 if you serve on council is the salary. Several attempts to increase the salary have failed. But, these leaders say while they'd do it anyway, "if you want to attract people with a greater breadth of experience to these jobs you've got to pay them more," said Kozachik.

"I'm going to let the people judge that.  I'm good with it.  To me it's a mission of love," said Rothschild.

If you'd like to serve on the panel to help determine mayor and council salaries or if you want to nominate someone to be on this panel, submit a letter of interest by Thursday, December 19 at 5 p.m. to:

CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE

ATTN: YVONNE L. ESPINO

CITY HALL 10TH FLOOR WEST

P.O. BOX 27210

TUCSON, AZ 85726

EMAIL: Yvonne.espino@tucsonaz.gov

This is a 2 month appointment.  Seven commission members will be appointed by the City Manager.  Political affiliation is not a consideration.  Commission members must be registered voters living within city limits.  They cannot be employees of the City of Tucson or a parent, sibling, spouse, of an officer or employee of the city.

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