Task force recommends raises for Champaign mayor, council members

Task force recommends raises for Champaign mayor, council members

CHAMPAIGN — They would have to wait another three years to cash in, but Champaign's mayor and city council members could all get $500 pay bumps if a task force's recommendations are put into action.

A council-appointed group of local citizens has proposed that council members be paid $5,500 a year and that the mayor's annual salary be elevated to $35,500.

The mayor's raise would be for travel expenses, even though city code already stipulates that whoever is in that job can get reimbursed for such expenses.

The task force, a version of which examines pay every six years, recommends that the $500 raises take effect in 2021, when council members who serve a Champaign district are up for re-election.

The issue is expected to be discussed by council members at tonight's study session.

In 2016, Urbana City Council members voted to give themselves $100 raises for each of the next four years. They now make $6,678 a year and will be paid $6,878 when the schedule ends in 2020.

Council comparison

How the proposed $500 bump for Champaign City Council members would compare to annual pay for similar positions in six other area towns:

Town Pay
Urbana $6,678
Champaign $5,500
Rantoul $4,800
Savoy $4,000
Monticello $3,600
Mahomet $3,000
Danville $2,700

 

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