Boston mayor, city councilors could get 4 percent raises

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Boston’s city councilors will on Wednesday consider a recommendation by the mayor to give themselves and the mayor raises of more than 4 percent,

If approved, the pay for the 13 councilors would increase to $103,500 annually, up from from $99,500. The mayor’s salary would increase to $207,000 from $199,000.

Though councilors are scheduled to begin reviewing the proposal this week, their pay increases would not go into effect until January 2020, after next year’s elections.


The mayor would not see a pay increase until after the 2021 mayoral election.

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The proposed raises are based on recommendations from an advisory board and are endorsed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Walsh has also recommended raises for some of his top staff members that would take effect in the fiscal year that begins July 1, though those raises were recommended separately in the city budget.

The council will consider Walsh’s proposal for raises for them and for the mayor at a meeting Wednesday, though it was not immediately clear when the council will vote.

City Council President Andrea Campbell said she accepts the salary recommendations for the mayor and the council because they were “set by an independent board and not the council and not set to go into effect until 2020.”


The pay increases were recommended by the Compensation Advisory Board, which was commissioned to recommend raises every two years based on pay for similar work in other cities and in the private sector.

The board released its recommendations in March, and Walsh listed them in the budget that begins July 1.

City officials say the proposed increases are below what the advisory board had recommended.

The last time the mayor’s salary was raised was in 2015, when it went from $175,000 to $199,000, though the increase did not take effect until April 2018.

Pay for city councilors was last increased in 2015, by $12,000 annually.


The mayor also recommends changing city ordinances to increase the maximum salary allowed for more than 20 positions in the administration. For the corporation counsel, collector-treasurer, and chief information officer, the maximum would be lifted to $214,500; it would be $160,000 for positions including the commissioners of public works, inspectional services, parks and recreation, transportation, and property management and for the city auditor.

Several other positions would be capped at either $150,000 or $120,000.

The actual salaries and proposed increases for the people in those positions vary, based on the worker’s years of service and performance reviews. The council would not consider individual pay increases for administrative positions this week, but would review them later under the mayor’s total budget proposal.

Milton J. Valencia
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