| Oklahoma City Council to ask voters for higher salaries
Oklahoma City Council members decided today to let voters decide on several changes to the city charter — including one that would double the salary of the mayor and council members.
The changes will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The change, if approved, would pay the mayor $48,000 a year and council members $24,000 a year. The pay increases would go into effect after the next election for each office, in accordance with state law.
Other charter changes on November’s ballot address when council members can appoint temporary replacements in case of the resignation or death of a council member, lowering the age requirements for mayor and council, how the vice mayor is selected and a clarification of an ordinance preventing city officers and employees from having an interest in city contracts.
The council also agreed to set a special election for Nov. 4 to replace Ward 6 Councilwoman Ann Simank, who resigned last week when her son was accepted to the city’s fire training academy. The charter prevents council members from serving if they have a relative on staff.