SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo City Council has approved pay raises for the mayor and members of the city council.
The City Council approved unanimously to raise their own pay from $1,224 per month to $1,990 per month beginning next January. The position of mayor of San Luis Obispo will also see a raise from $1,725 per month to $2,508 per month. The raises will not go into effect until after the next election
The raises come after a recommendation made by the Council Compensation Committee, which is made up of city residents, according to a press release issued by the San Luis Obispo City Manager's office.
“We believe this is a fair adjustment and mirrors the feedback we received from members of the community over the last several months through our public engagement efforts,” said Council Compensation Committee Chair Dan Rivoire.
Rivoire says the pay raises bring San Luis Obispo in line with similar cities in California.
“I am proud of the action that the Council took to begin to bring compensation in line with community expectations and to support the demands that come from increasingly complex issues and needs for community engagement,” said councilwoman Carlyn Christianson.
The Council Compensation Committee will be formed every two years and will evaluate the mayor's and city council's compensation levels, per the San Luis Obispo city charter.
The committee in its current form consists of Rivoire, Personnel Board representative Cal Stevens and citizens Kim Bishoff, Garrett Otto, Audrey Bigelow, Jenn Stubbs and Ron Yukelson.