The five-member ad hoc Council Compensation Committee, appointed by the City Council in May, is recommending a salary of $22,500 and benefits cap of $7,500 per year per council member.
City Council members are currently paid $48,279 a year, making it the highest-paid council in the valley — and among the highest-paid in California.
Add in health and retirement benefits, and the compensation ranges from $47,585 to $66,146, depending on the number of dependents each member wants covered.
City Manager John Wohlmuth has come up with an alternative recommendation for benefits under which council members’ dependents could continue to be covered for health and dental insurance, as the city does for all its employees.
But council members would no longer be eligible for long-term disability or vision coverage.