CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: September 12, 2000
Subject/Title: Recommendation for Increase of City Council Compensation
Submitted by: Jim Dotts, Chairman Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood
Committee on behalf of BANC sub-committee
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Adopt the proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 2.08, Section 2.08.010 of
the Municipal Code pertaining to the Monthly Compensation of members of
the City Council. The recommendation is to increase the monthly compensation
of the City Council to $550 per month as provided in Government Code §365169
Revisit Redevelopment Agency allowance in the future as activity increases.
Recommend the City Council perform a bi-annual compensation review to
increase compensation in line with cost of living adjustments up to maximum
allowed by law.
Request of City Council to review Council’s compensation and benefits.
At the request of the City Council, a sub-committee of the Brentwood Advisory
Neighborhood Committee met with staff on Thursday, August 17, 2000 at
6:30 p.m. to discuss compensation of the City Council and prepare a recommendation
regarding an increase to City Council compensation. The sub-committee
discussed, at length, the City Council’s current monthly compensation
as compared to compensation received by City Councils at 50 other Cities.
After consideration of this information and in line with in Government
Code §365169 (c], the sub-committee made the above recommendation.
The sub-committee is recommending compensation of $550 per month. The
maximum monthly compensation allowed for the City Council is $552. The
maximum amount is calculated by applying 5% for each year since 1988 which
is the date of the last compensation increase to the current $345 monthly
The following reference materials are attached: a memorandum prepared
by the City Attorney regarding Council compensation, a copy of Brentwood
Municipal Code Section 2.08.010 Monthly compensation designated, and a
summary of statutory citations from the California Government Code.
In addition to compensation, the City of Brentwood offers California Public
Employees’ Retirement System benefits, which include retirement and health
benefits. These are optional benefits for community service that are not
available as cash compensation.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING CHAPTER
2.08, SECTION 2.08.010 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE PERTAINING TO THE MONTHLY
COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
WHEREAS, Section 36516.6 of the Government Code of the State of California
authorizes the City Council to increase their salaries by ordinance, and
WHEREAS, Section 36516.5 prohibits a change in compensation during a Councilmember’s
term of office but permits such adjustment of compensation of all members
of a council serving staggered terms, whenever one or more members of
such council becomes eligible for a salary increase by virtue of his beginning
a new term of office, and
WHEREAS, a new term of office of certain members of the council will occur
in November, 2000, and
WHEREAS, a sub-committee of the Brentwood Neighborhood Advisory Committee
(BANC) met, at the request of the City Council, to review the monthly
compensation of members of the City Council, and
WHEREAS, the last adjustment of salary occurred on January 26, 1988 to
$345 per month, and
WHEREAS, Section 36516 permits an increase by Ordinance of an amount equal
to 5 percent for each calendar year from the operative date of the last
adjustment of salary, and
WHEREAS, the period from January 1, 1989 to September 1, 2000 includes
twelve calendar years, and
WHEREAS, the twelve year period would allow a 60 percent increase over
the $345 current monthly salary.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood
Chapter 2.08, Section 2.08.010 of the Brentwood Municipal Code is hereby
amended, effective December 1, 2000, to read:
Section 2.080.010 Monthly Compensation Designated
Each member of the City Council shall receive compensation of five hundred
and fifty dollars ($550.00) per month for services to the City.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood
at a regular meeting on the 12th day of September 2000 by the following