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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 25

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

RECOMMENDATION
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 (c].

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.

PREVIOUS ACTION
Request of City Council to review Council’s compensation and benefits.

BACKGROUND
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 compensation. 

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.

ORDINANCE NO.

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 hereby ordains:

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 vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES: 
ABSENT: 

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