Archive for Thursday, April 29, 2004

Basehor weighs pay for officials

April 29, 2004

The Basehor City Council has not taken action on a proposal that would eliminate the mayor's salary and redistribute that money equally among City Council members.

City Council members discussed the proposal during a retreat earlier this month. However, council members did not discuss the measure at Monday night's meeting.

The proposal would eliminate an annual salary paid to the mayor -- approximately $9,760 is budgeted for 2004 -- and divided the sum among the five members of the City Council and the mayor.

City Council members currently earn $1 per month but would receive a $100 per month stipend if the change to election official pay is approved.

Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said the measure is still being considered but knows of no timetable for when it could appear for a vote.

City Council president Julian Espinoza called the pay change, "a token more than anything," and said it would help council members cover expenses in time and travel accrued while conducting city business.

Judging by discussion at the retreat, Espinoza said he believes the payroll change would be approved.

"I believe the consensus was if we voted on it, we would probably swing that way with it," he said.

If the measure is approved, the city would save $10,768 between 2004 and 2007, according to city figures.

The mayor's pay dates back to 1999 when the City Council approved a proposal to provide the mayor with a $9,000 annual salary.

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