Yowan wants panel to study raises for mayor, council members

January 26, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

City Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan planned to ask his colleagues at last night's meeting to have a citizens group study whether Westminster should pay its mayor and council members more.

Mr. Yowan said his proposal stemmed from a study of elected officials' salaries across the state compiled recently by the Maryland Municipal League and from the approach of the next city government election May 10.

Westminster mayor and council compensation has not been adjusted since 1983, "and if we don't do it now, we'll have to wait until 1997" for new salaries to become effective, Mr. Yowan said.

The mayor receives $10,000 a year; council members, $2,400. Current officeholders are legally barred from benefiting from TC pay increase, so if new salaries are adopted, they would be effective after the 1995 city election.

Mr. Yowan said the survey showed that the 15 Maryland towns with populations larger than Westminster's paid council members more than Westminster does. So did 13 municipalities with smaller populations than Westminster's. The city had 13,068 residents in the 1990 census.

The councilman suggested a compensation study committee of private citizens, with no elected officials or city government employees. If the committee recommended changes, the proposed new salaries would go on the ballot at the May 10 election.

The offices held by Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, Council President William F. Haifley and Councilman Edward S. Calwell will be up for election in May. None of the incumbents has yet announced publicly whether he will run again.

The council also agreed by consensus to reduce, from $100 to $25, a proposed fine for landlords who fail to notify tenants of trash collection regulations.

The fine for failing to comply with recycling regulations is $25, Mr. Yowan pointed out, contending that it shouldn't cost landlords more for failing to notify tenants than it costs tenants for failing to comply.

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