Mayor quietly sought wage freeze for himself

Mayor Carl Brewer said ‘we all need to share in this pain’ during his State of the City Address last night, and he pledged to not accept a cost of living increase or raise. City spokesman Van Williams said Brewer recently quietly sought a wage freeze for himself in the human resources department. If the wage is frozen, that would lock the mayor’s salary at $82,660, according to the 2009-2010 city budget.

Last year, the mayor and city council members each got a 4 percent cost of living boost — along with most other city employees. Council members, whom most consider part-time employees, are actually listed as full time employees (or equivalent), and they make about $35,000 a year.

To see more about the council’s budget, see their portion of the city budget.