Colorado Springs City Council Salary Increase Amendment Question (April 2013)
If approved, this measure would have amended the Colorado Springs City Charter to increase the Council Member salaries from $6,250 to $48,000. This change would begin applying to all council members elected in 2015. The resolution to put this measure on the ballot for April was passed on January 22 in a 5-4 vote.
|Colorado Springs City Question 2|
- These final and official election results are from the Colorado Springs Elections Office.
Text of resolution
|“||AN ORDINANCE SUBMITTING A CHARTER AMENDMENT TO THE ELECTORS OF THE CITY FOR THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD APRIL 2, 2013, RELATING TO COUNCILMEMBER COMPENSATION||”|
Council members that voted in favor of the resolution: Council President Scott Hente, Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin and Councilors Lisa Czelatdko, Brandy Williams and Val Snider.
Mayor Steve Bach encouraged this issue to be brought forward arguing that young people cannot afford to be on the Council as they are too busy making a living to devote the requisite full-time hours to the job of being a Council member. Bach is hopeful that this amendment will make it possible to get young professionals involved in city government.
Council members that voted against the resolution: Leigh, Angela Dougan, Merv Bennett and Bernie Herpin.
Tim Leigh voiced his opposition to the measure, saying that the changing Council pay should be accomplished as part of a larger effort to make revisions to the city Charter as a whole under the guidance of a Charter review committee.
Paul Kleinschmidt is an active conservative who has campaigned for out-sourcing of city work to private industry. He opposed this measure as well, arguing that the $48,000 dollar salary is arbitrary and hardly constitutes a living wage for a family, which nullifies the primary argument for the amendment.