City Council Finalizes Pay Increase with Unanimous Vote

Elk Grove City Council members will be paid $800 a month instead of the current $600.

In less than 15 seconds, the Elk Grove City Council on Wednesday finalized a decision to give its members a $200 pay increase following the next election.

Council Members currently receive $600 a month plus allowances for a cell phone and other benefits; once any one member starts a new term of office, all will receive $800 a month.

Citing the large amount of time required to do the job, the council approved the pay raise by a 4-1 vote on Sept. 26. This Wednesday was the second reading of the item, and it was approved on the consent calendar–used for routine or non-controversial items–by a unanimous vote.

Council Member Gary Davis, who voted against the pay increase last month, said he voted for it this time because it was included with other routine items like approval of meeting minutes, accepting a donation for a spay and neuter program and other second-readings.

"I remain opposed to a council stipend increase," Davis said in an email. "Second Reading is a technical procedure and was bound to eleven other items together on a consent calendar. As you know, I voted against this and stand behind that 'No' vote."

No council members mentioned the item during its quick approval Wednesday.


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Bwood October 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
While it won't break the bank, it's ill-timed and nothing they should be especially proud of, IMO..
Concerned Citizen October 13, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Shame on you Mr. Davis. Although this is on Consent, many consent items have been pulled in the past and voted on as a separate item. You could have easily done this for the item in question but chose not to pull the item. If you truly believe in what you say, act accordinly. Don't claim you voted against the raise when you had every opportunity to do so and did not. Speaks of your character.
David Wol October 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
In the middle of a severe economic crisis, Gary Davis voted to give himself a pay raise. His excuse is lame. Keep this in mind when you go to the polls (or vote by absentee ballot). None of those who are on the ballot and who voted to give themselves a raise should be rewarded with the votes of the residents of Elk Grove.
JJ Johnson October 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Oh, Gary! I'm curious to see if the voters let you slide on this one. You ran for school board in Natomas but moved to Elk Grove to push through your charter school agenda. As Dr. Phil would say, "How is that working out?" You ran for council so you could set yourself up to run for Congress, but that didn't materialize. So you slink back to a seat on the council and run for mayor and take credit for 1,500 jobs through the state agency. Now, yet again, you say one thing and do another. How will your puppeteer move your strings? Run Gary Run! Talk Gary Talk! Put Your Foot in Your Mouth Gary Put Your Foot in Your Mouth! This last one is just some advice that I strongly suggest you should follow. Squawk!


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