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Council adjusts salaries

January 9, 2019

The Rochester City Council approved a 2.75 percent salary increase for elected officials Monday.

With no comment, the increase is slightly less than the 3 percent approved last year.

The increase puts Mayor Kim Norton’s salary at $37,657, a $1,007 increase from former Mayor Ardell Brede’s salary in his final year.

Council President Randy Staver will earn $27,743 for the year, which is a $742 increase from 2018.

The remaining council members will each be paid $21,712 this year, a $581 increase from the previous year.

All the elected positions are considered part time under the city’s home-rule charter.

Since 2014, salary increases have ranged from 2.25 percent to 3 percent each year.

The council has held periodic discussions about pay in recent years, with some members suggesting increased salaries could attract more candidates for office. Others have cited discomfort in setting their own salaries.

In 2013, the council voted to create a five-member salary commission to assess and recommend the salaries of elected officials, but the measure was vetoed by Mayor Ardell Brede, who said the commission was unnecessary. The council was unable to override the veto.

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