Arizona voters to decide on raises for mayor, city council

Voters will be asked to decide next month whether to raise the pay of Glendale's mayor and council members.

The Glendale City Council voted in July to put the question on the Nov. 5 ballot. The measure would raise the mayor's salary from $48,000 to $68,490 and increase council members' salaries from $34,000 to $52,685, The Arizona Republic reported . If approved, the new salaries would take effect Jan. 1.

During the July special meeting, Mayor Jerry Weiers and council members Joyce Clark, Ian Hugh and Ray Malnar voted to put the question to voters. The other three city council members were on vacation at the time.

A city committee recommended the ballot addition after arguing it has been more than a decade since pay has changed for those positions.

The salaries would be recalculated annually and based on the median salary for city employees. The mayor's salary would be set at 30% more than the median salary and the salary would be set at 1% less than the median for council members.

If the proposal is not approved, the salaries would remain unchanged.

Maricopa County plans to send ballots to all registered voters in Glendale this week for the Nov. 5 all-mail election, officials said. The ballots must be completed, signed and in the county's possession by 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Voters can also drop off their ballots at designated spots across the county.