Indian Wells Limits on City Official Compensation, Measure S (November 2012)
Measure S amended the city charter of the City of Indian Wells. It contained these specific provisions:
- No city funds or other items of value may be provided to or on behalf of any City Council Member for his or her personal use or benefit, except as provided therein or required by applicable State or Federal law.
- The following payments made be made to members of the city's governing body:
- For services rendered as a member of the City Council: $1,000 per month
- For services rendered as mayor: a additional $500 per month
- For services rendered as mayor pro tem – an additional $250 per month
- Reimbursement of ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of duties as a City Council Member, Mayor, or Mayor Pro Tem is permitted under Measure S as long as the expenses "were reasonably incurred and approved by the City Council in advance."
Measure S reduced the salary city officials currently receive. The amount received by city council members would be reduced from $2,500 to $1,000.
- Final certified results from the Riverside County elections office.
Supporters of Measure S said that over the last five years, the average city council member has received $61,800 each year in salary and benefits. They argued that this is excessive compensation for city council members of a city with about 5,000 residents.
Path to the ballot
Measure S was an initiated city ordinance that earned its spot on the ballot through the collection of signatures on initiative petitions.