Salary Proposal For Mayor, City Council

Changes to the salaries proposed for future.


It won't go into effect for a year, but the City Council already heard a proposal for a change to the mayor's salary.

According to city documents, the council heard a municipal code change that would increase the mayor's salary, along with that of City Council and School Committee members.

The salary change would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Position FY2013 Salary Proposed Salary Mayor $73,000 $105,000 City Council President $10,000 $15,000 City Council member $9,000 $14,000 School Committee Chairman $3,075 $7,000 School Committee member $3,075 $6,000

In a statement to the City Council, Mayor Scott Galvin said that this is not the "right time" to recommend the salary increase.

"Although I do believe that, at some point, the salary of the City’s Mayor should be reviewed and upgraded to better reflect the increasingly complex range of duties and responsibilities of Woburn’s chief executive officer, I don’t believe now is the right time to do it," stated the mayor. "For instance, in negotiating city contracts I have asked our employees to make a number of sacrifices related to salary increases and health insurance contributions. In addition,
our local economy—although improving—has left many of our fellow residents faced without salary increases for years in some cases."

"I’m proud to be Mayor of this City," he added. "At this time, our focus should be holding the line to the best of our abilities with regard to discretionary cost increases, and working together toward this end."

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Concerned Citizen January 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM
The Mayor and the City Council have done a wonderful job in keeping the residential tax rate one of the lowest in the state, while effectively providing necessary services and development. We are fortunate our town is geographically in a desirable area that provides a substantial commercial tax base. If the Mayor and City Council can continue to utilize our commercial tax base to maintain low residential tax rates, then there is no reason they should not be compensated for their efforts. As tax payers we only ask our elected officials to spend our money as if it were their own.
AJ January 16, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I'm not to good at math but is that an over 40% raise for the mayor when the majority of city employees recently got a 2% raise over 3 years?? Where do i sign??
Patrick H January 16, 2013 at 03:02 PM
It's that kind of knee jerk behavior that would get the city in financial trouble. If the Mayor and Council members were not being paid enough then you would see a higher turnover at election time. I like the fact the Woburn holds the line on irressponsible spending and can balance its budget unlike other towns such as Arlington and Lexington who cannot seem to keep their budget in order and are constantly pushing for prop 2 1/2 overrides.
Earnhardt January 16, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Except in Ward 6, he OWES us money, as clearly in evidence by the lack of a snow plow or sander in the neighborhood. Haven't seen a plow yet.
J January 16, 2013 at 03:55 PM
My comment is to the reporter of this article. Why would you not include who proposed the increase? or what would be the reasons to explain such a large increase. From the Mayor's comments he is against it.
Danielle Masterson (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 04:50 PM
J, the proposal is from City Council President Paul Denaro as a municipal code change for January 2014. Mayor Galvin spoke against the salary change for 2013, but added, "The salary of the City’s Mayor should be reviewed and upgraded to better reflect the increasingly complex range of duties and responsibilities of Woburn’s chief executive officer."
anchor January 16, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I have no problem in giving a raise to reward the outstanding job Mr Galvin is doing, and as a general manager fo a comapny his position seems to be underpaid in comparison to other cities and towns , but in saying a 40% kick up is out of line. As Scott has done you need to run towns as we do our businesses and giving a 40% raise is not how it is done.
Pat January 16, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Public service is not about making money. It should be about serving the public. I agree that they should get a small pay to recoup the cost of running for office. I believe this is a ploy so the mayor can be a hero saying he is not for a raise at this time. He has argued for raises in the past. I guess the election season has begun.
Janet Levesque January 16, 2013 at 09:37 PM
To Earnhardt - you need to give the mayor a call. Most people blame alderpeople when potholes need filling or the roads aren't plowed. They do not have authority over that..The only one who tells DPW what to do and where to fix things is the guy in the corner office. Some mayors use that as a way to get rid of the alderpeople who don't vote his way. If you have a problem with your alderperson that's one thing, but blaming them for roadwork or plowing just wrong and mean. It's not right.
Earnhardt January 17, 2013 at 02:03 AM
To Janet Levesque, you could be right, but if that is true, then why do they take the credit when things get done? Shouldn't the Mayor take all the credit when the same potholes get fixed, and road work gets done? Seems to me it's always the Ward Alderman who takes the credit then. So is it only the Mayors fault when things are not done? Then the Ward Alderman's job is to do what?
Janet Levesque January 17, 2013 at 08:21 PM
To Earnhardt - it's like the fed. government. The mayor is executive branch and city council is legislative. The mayor is the only one who can ask the city council for money. Examples are putting together the budget or asking for money for projects like buildings, schools, open space, water towers. The council can say yes or no but they can't ask or appropriate money on their own. An example is the city budget. The mayor puts it together with the departments and then it goes to the council. They go over it line by line, page by page. They can reduce the budget but they can't increase it. I watched all the budget meetings last year and it is really boring, but important. They didn't approve a couple of positions that the mayor wanted to add to the budget. I remember that one of them wanted the mayor to add something and he wouldn't, but they couldn't do it without him. It's a partnership so not one group can spend on their own. The council is also responsible for approving the city's laws.. Over the years I think people have gone to them for fixing potholes and plowing and they don't know about the rest of it. I watch public tv alot because I just have basic cable. The alderpersons (?) can only ask. It is up to the mayor and DPW to say yes or no. I know my alderperson asked for 3 years for streets to be paved and we're still waiting.I wouldn't want that job for anything. It is a dirty little secret that most people don't know.
Earnhardt January 18, 2013 at 02:28 AM
To Janet Levesque, I am well aware of how the system works.And it isn't a dirty little secret, it's very well known. And I do agree with you, to a point.Take a look at any Alderman's web site and check out the list of so- called accomplishments they take credit for, It's almost exclusively Ward issues is it not? I mean. either you are justified in taking the credit or you are not. Let me ask you, If you need a pothole fixed, where do you get the most action from? the Mayor, or your Alderman? It's always a call to the Alderman that gets the job done. So here is our Alderman who surely had to look out his window at 9 am and realize a plow has not dropped a blade not only in front of HIS house, but the whole neighborhood and he does nothing? the plows do not come until after 11 am, The storm was over by then.Did that happen in any other Ward in the city? NO it didn't. You are waiting for 3 years for a street paving? when it gets done I can guarantee you that your Alderman (Denaro?) will take the credit on his web site. You do make great points though.
Janet Levesque January 18, 2013 at 09:29 PM
To Earnhardt, I do not live in your ward and it was at least 9:15 am before our street was plowed the first time. I thought it was odd too. The plows usually wake me up in the middle of the night because my room is on a busy street. You are dead wrong on one thing though. My alderman has told me in frustration one time that I should call the mayor directly to get things done because nothing else was working. I think many of them are frustrated just like us. I do not know you, but I sense that you do not like your alderperson. I am sure you are a nice person, but from reading your comments I think you have a grudge against him. I really don't want to talk about him anymore but we should realize that no one is doing that job for the money or the glory, I think. Like I said you couldn't pay me enough! Thank you for the interesting comments and I hope you resolve your issues with him for your sake too :-)
Earnhardt January 19, 2013 at 02:28 AM
And was a pleasure hearing your input as well. Agree to disagree?


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