Vote “AGAINST” Proposition 4: Council wants you to pay them 2 salaries for arrogance and a part-time effort
City Uses Faulty and Deceptive Logic for Justifying Raises
Currently, the City Charter states Council’s “base salaries are increased by a percentage equal to the percent increase of the general salary adjustment, if any, given to the classified employees in the general services effective as of the date designated in the budget resolution.” This means that base salaries are increased by the same percentage the classified employees receive.
Council just received a 5% raise:
- Representatives to $30,450 and the
- Mayor to $47,250.
If this proposition passes, beginning in 2015, the annual salary of the city representatives would be increased to the H.U.D. median income for a family of 4 for El Paso County which is $50,500 and the Mayor’s salary would be 150% of that.
The Actual Numbers based on the 2013 HUD rate
The Mayor’s salary would increase 59% from $47,250 to $75,000 -- a $28,500 raise!
A Representative’s salary would increase 66% from $30,450 to $50,500 -- a $20,050 raise!
In 2015, the HUD rate will likely increase, so salaries will be higher.
The City says the idea behind the proposition is to pay the mayor and representatives enough while they are in office so that they can support a family without having another job.
The H.U.D. median income for a family of 4 is an inappropriate salary rate because it is for 2 earner households (for example 2 people, not individuals). Also, it is for a 40-hour work week, not a part-time, if I feel like working, mentality that plagues City Council.
It is an absolute falsehood to portray the Mayor and the individual representatives as the sole supporters of their families.
Two income households are the norm for most families across the
. As you will see below -- the majority of council are not the primary
providers in their households -- and most are well above the median income
Based on the City’s logic, if married, a council member’s spouse would need to make at least $20,050 per year. If single, then they are already above the median for a single individual at $30,450.
So what are their household incomes? Do They Really Need a Raise??
Steve Ortega’s spouse is COO of Del Sol Hospital and is the primary provider of the household with a combined household income well above $100,000
Susie Byrd’s spouse is an ESL teacher and is the primary provider of the household with a combined household income at or above $60,000Cortney Niland’s spouse is a business owner and is the primary provider of the household with a combined household income at or above $60,000.
Ann Morgan Lilly’s spouse is a businessman and is the main provider of the household with a combined household income at or above $60,000
Eddie Holguin’s spouse is an attorney with a combined household income at or above $60,000.
Emma Acosta and Carl Robinson are single to our knowledge and both above the median income at $30,450.
Not sure what Dr Noe’s spouse does and who cares. Dr Noe maintains his private practice and reportedly puts in about 15 hours a week for the Tuesday meeting and the occasional special meeting. His City Representative salary is supplemental income and his household income is at or above $60,000.
Do they deserve a raise?
Dr Noe is the best example of why salaries should not be raised. There is no prohibition of private sector employment.
The current Charter already prohibits public employment and holding another public office. Steve Ortega thumbed his nose at the Charter and worked as an instructor (public employment) at EPCC anyway. The administration and City did not enforce their own Charter.
Mayor and Council will continue to treat the position as part-time no matter what they are paid because there is no enforceable provision or accountability measure to require they work full-time and actually earn the salary.
Unlike the private-sector, the public is very limited in its ability to fire them for poor performance short of recall, filing a court complaint, or pray someone better runs in 4 years.
Think about it, there is NO time clock for city representatives. They cannot get fired if they work less than 40 hours a week, or in Dr. Noe’s case 15.
Higher salaries do not attract more qualified candidates. We are not speaking about all current city council members, but this city council attracted people with higher education but very limited earning potential in the private sector, weak work ethic-seeking status, power and influence with little if any respect for the public.
Protect the Integrity of El Paso’s City Charter. Vote AGAINST ALL 9 Propositions.