By Gregg Hennigan
IOWA CITY – Iowa City is facing a serious budget crunch.
Now, Mayor Regenia Bailey is suggesting the council look at itself by freezing its own salary starting Jan. 1.
At a savings of just $998 for the year, the effect would be minimal, she admits in a memo released by the city today. (See below.) But at a time when the council is considering reducing the salaries of staff, the council should follow suit, she says.
Council members currently make $7,072 annually. The mayor earns $8,070.
She also wants the council to reduce its IT expenses.
In somewhat related news, the council is to vote Tuesday night on a proposal to increase the salaries of the city attorney and city clerk by 2 percent each.