It’s been over two years since the Worcester City Council voted to approve their controversial pay increase that nearly doubled their salary from $15,750 to $29,000, while providing for automatic small annual increases. That raise was a near-constant issue during the campaign and ensuing year, but faded away in 2008.
But earlier this year, the entire council waived their 2009 payraise, which would have totaled 1%, according to city officials.
“It was the right thing to do. How could we do otherwise in this incredibly difficult time?,” says Councilor Kate Toomey.
“Based on the budget situation…I only thought it made sense as a City Councilor,” adds Councilor Joff Smith.
But not all the councilors are getting the same cut: By Worcester Magazine’s understanding, 8 of the 10 councilors (not counting Mayor Konnie Lukes) are getting the $29,000 voted by the last council in 2006; Councilors Mike Germain and Gary Rosen are taking the $15,750 councilors were allocated before that vote took effect.