Local pay proposals: what would they mean?

Local pay proposals: what would they mean?

Nearly three years ago we wrote about three Allegheny County ordinances that would raise the salary of the county executive, the per-meeting stipend amount for County Council members and the expense amount for council members as well.  Those increases are to go into effect Jan.1 after the four-year election cycle for the 16 officials has been completed.

At the state level there is a pair of proposals that would amend existing language from 1995 on the maximum compensation for elected officials in boroughs and second-class townships

State law sets the maximum according to population range in the class of borough or township.  For example, the current annual maximum salary for a borough council member or a township supervisor in a municipality with population between 5,000 and 9,999 is $2,500. For a municipality with 35,000 or more people, the maximum is $5,000.  Maximum pay for borough mayors is also based on population but is higher than that of a council member.   

The levels would rise by 68 percent, the change in the Consumer Price Index since 1995. If the proposal were to become law, the maximum pay for the 5,000 to 9,999 population range would rise to $4,190.  For municipalities with 35,000 or more people the maximum would top out at $8,385. 

If a borough of 4,000 people with seven council members and a mayor were paying at the 1995 maximum now and enacted salaries at the proposed maximum total compensation would rise from $15,625 to $26,205.

It would still be up to the municipality to change compensation by ordinance. Like all pay increase proposals elected officials would have to stand for election before their compensation were to be increased. The proposals would also allow the creation of per-meeting stipends similar to Allegheny County Council, with pay tied to meeting attendance.

In Allegheny County there are 80 boroughs (from 70 people in Haysville to over 27,000 people in Plum) and 16 second-class townships (from 709 people in Kilbuck to over 25,000 people in Moon) that would be affected by the proposals should they pass.