Council gets modest pay increase |

Council gets modest pay increase

Michael Schneider

The South Lake Tahoe City Council received its first pay raise in about six years Tuesday.

“It’s been a long, long time,” City Manager Kerry Miller said.

The raise, approved in a 4-1 vote by the council at an Employee Negotiations Workshop, will give council members an extra $13.17 a-jingling in their pockets each month.

The 3 percent pay raise was also approved for the City Treasurer.

Since 1992, council members have been getting paid $439. The raise will increase the monthly salary to $452.

The raise pails in comparison to one which the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves a week ago. Supervisors approved a 45 percent pay raise, boosting their annual salaries to $66,000.

Council member Margo Osti, who gives up her seat in two weeks, voted against the raise. Osti refused to comment as to why she voted “no” regarding the council and treasurer’s raise.

Raises and revised benefits packages were also approved for the city’s executive management team and the police supervisors unit.

Osti also voted “no” on the police supervisors unit raise and benefits package. In discussion at the workshop, Osti said she didn’t like a provision in the policy which provided $5 an hour for personnel working simulcast on the dispatch unit who are not sworn officers.

The raises went into effect Oct. 1, 1998.

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