Westminster

Salary issue before city council

WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL (OC Tribune photo).

Are members of the Westminster City Council paid enough? Too much?

The question of compensation and benefits for the mayor and council is on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the council.

At the Aug. 12 meeting, Councilmember Tai Do asked staff to survey other cities to compare Westminster’s numbers with other area municipalities.

Currently, the mayor of Westminster receives $950 month, and council members $850. They are also eligible to receive retirement contributions, health benefits, and long-term disability and may purchase life insurance.

Some cities pay more and some less. Huntington Beach pays its councilmembers $175 a month, while Aliso Viejo pays $550 a month, Yorba Linda pays $500 and San Clemente $400.

Cities paying more are Anaheim ($1,500 a month), Buena Park ($1,223) and Santa Ana ($1000). Garden Grove pays its mayor and councilmembers on an hourly basis and so is not directly comparable.

Any changes in compensation would only affect a councilmember or mayor at the beginning of a new term in office.

Also on the agenda are:

  • a presentation on changes to accessory dwelling units process and ordinance;
  • reorganization of the Community Development and Public Works departments;
  • cancellation of the Oct. 28 meeting.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held via teleconference and commence at 7 p.m.

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