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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 11


Meeting Date: September 11, 2001

Subject/Title: Final Reading of Ordinance No. 686 of the City Council of the City of Brentwood Authorizing an Increase to the Monthly Compensation of members of the City Council

Submitted by: Jon Elam, City Manager on behalf of City Council Member Wade Gomes

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION
Adopt Ordinance No. 686 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 $569.25 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
The City Council held the first reading of Ordinance No. 686 providing for the increase to monthly compensation of members of the City Council at the August 28, 2001 regular City Council meeting. 


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 recommended an increase to City Council compensation at the September 12, 2000 City Council meeting. The sub-committee proposed $550 per month. At that time, the maximum monthly compensation allowed for the City Council was $552. Since another calendar year has passed, the new maximum amount payable to the City Council is $569.25 per month. 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. 

At the September 12, 2000 City Council meeting, the City Council voted not to increase monthly compensation. Subsequent to this action, a new Council member joined the City Council and Council Member Wade G4omes asked staff to return this item to the full City Council for consideration.

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.

FISCAL IMPACT
There will be no fiscal impact until a new Council member(s) are added to the City Council. Funds will be added to the budget for fiscal year 2002/03 as new terms for City Council office will take place after the November 2002 election.


ORDINANCE NO. 686

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, 2002, 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 August 28, 2001 includes thirteen calendar years, and

WHEREAS, the twelve year period would allow a 65 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 October 1, 2001, to read:

Section 2.080.010 Monthly Compensation Designated

Each member of the City Council shall receive compensation of five hundred and sixty-nine dollars and twenty-five cents ($569.25) 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 11th day of September 2001 by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES: 
ABSENT: 

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