Easthampton City Council to vote on mayoral pay raise

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/1/2020 12:10:09 PM

EASTHAMPTON – The City Council’s Finance Committee has unanimously voted in favor of raising the mayoral salary from $75,000 a year to $90,000 a year over a four year period.

If approved, the mayor’s salary would be increased to $82,000 a year on Jan. 2, 2022. Subsequent increases over the following three years would raise it to $84,000, $87,000, and $90,000 a year on Jan. 1, 2025. The $90,000 figure would represent a 20% increase over the current Mayor Nicole LaChapelle’s salary.

Any pay increase would not take effect until Jan. 2, 2022, after the 2021 municipal election and the mayor is sworn into office for the next term.

“We’re giving a raise to the position,” said City Councilor Daniel Rist, who is chairman of the Finance Committee.

The salary for the mayor has not been raised since 2016 when it increased from $70,000 to $75,000 a year. Two weeks ago, the council voted to raise the annual stipend of the City Council president from $4,000 to $4,500, the annual pay for School Committee members from $1,400 to $2,000, and the pay for the School Committee chairperson to $2,250.

Originally the council considered increasing the mayor’s salary to $90,000 in 2022. However, City Councilor J.P. Kwiecinski suggested the increase be done over time and the idea was sent to the Finance Committee for consideration.

“I wanted something reasonable,” Kwiecinski said. “So I proposed a plan that was a little bit out of the box.”

He also said that he was thrilled that the Finance Committee signed off on increasing the mayor’s salary over time.

The Council will vote on the proposed increases at its Wednesday meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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