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."