The City Council on Tuesday could create a task force to review the $500 stipend each member receives per month.
A city staff report says the pay, which was set in 2000, might need to be increased to better reflect the time council members devote to meetings and other duties. Mayor John Lazar makes the same amount as the other four council members but has added duties.
“While it is considered a part-time job, there are periods of time when a great many hours must be committed to attending public meetings within the city and also to represent the city of Turlock at events and meetings held by other governmental agencies,” the report says.
It adds that higher pay could attract candidates who otherwise would not be able to take time away from their regular jobs.
Under the proposal, each council member would appoint a resident to the task force, which would research the issue. The council would make the final decision, but the change could not take effect during anyone’s current term.
Also Tuesday, the council will: