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Glendale proposition would raise salaries for the city’s politicians

Oct 24, 2019, 4:05 AM
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(Facebook Photo/City of Glendale)
(Facebook Photo/City of Glendale)

PHOENIX — A measure on an upcoming Glendale special election ballot could give the city’s politicians a hefty pay increase.

Proposition 424 would raise the annual salary for council members to 1% less than the median annual salary for Glendale city employees.

The pay increase would begin on Jan. 1, 2020, and would raise the annual salary for Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers from $48,000 to $68,490, and council members from $34,000 to $52,685.

“I do think salary increases are justifiable,” Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said. “This council has done an incredible job.”

Proponents of the pay increase say that Weiers and the City Council have earned it with their recent performance.

Those against the proposition say the part-time nature of the positions and the fact several city council members have full-time jobs means they don’t need the extra money.

Gary Sherwood, a former Glendale city councilman, wishes the measure would have been tabled until next year.

“Basing it on that makes absolutely no sense,” Sherwood said. “Why not wait until next year when they are up for election?”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

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Glendale proposition would raise salaries for the city’s politicians