Members of Colorado Springs City Council are paid barely over $6,000 a year, less than minimum wage for what they say is a full-time job. But as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, a proposal to boost their pay met with resistance at today’s informal council meeting

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The proposed ballot measure would increase councilors’ pay to nearly $39,000 a year, or 40% of the mayor’s salary, starting in 2015. Backers include a coalition of young professionals and the Diversity Forum. Independent publisher John Weiss also supports the measure and spoke at the informal session.

“This council has to make a choice. Do we want to have only people of means or who have access to retirement accounts to be able to serve on this body, or should citizens of this community be able to have more choices?”

Council President Scott Hente says he’s opposed such proposals in the past because he didn’t want to look like a politician lining his pockets. But he ‘s leaving this year and says he’s ready to support it. Councilman Tim Leigh is opposed. He agrees the pay should be much higher, but says now’s not the time.

The council agreed to consider the measure at a meeting in late January. If approved, the question would go to the voters in April.

 

Comments are closed.

News

November 23, 2014 | KWMU · Religious leaders await a grand jury’s decision in St. Louis. Many faith leaders there have been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Vice President Biden wraps up his trip to Turkey, where he held talks on strengthening the fight against ISIS. The U.S. and Turkey disagree on how to deal with the threat of the so-called Islamic State.
 

Travis Dove for NPR
November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Marine Corps is running a test to see if women can serve in ground combat. “A lot of people think that we can’t do it,” says one Marine who’s trying to make the cut. “I don’t think the same.”
 

Arts & Life

July 21, 2009 | NPR · Art and entertainment commentary plus interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, comedy, and visual art. Subscribe to podcasts and follow trends in music, painting, art, architecture, photography, and design.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

November 23, 2014 | NPR · God’ll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with the book’s author, John Safran.
 

Music

November 23, 2014 | NPR · Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 23, 2014 | NPR · The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can’t stand “Jingle Bell Rock” — 15th-century English carols.
 

Corbis
November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he’s been playing music for just as long. “Whenever I’m working, I’ll have my guitar with me,” he says.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab