Iowa City mayor: freeze council salaries

June 25, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – Iowa City is facing a serious budget crunch.

For relief, the City Council has looked at cutting services, generating new revenue, implementing franchise fees.

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.

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