Parkland seek residents' nod to increase commission salaries
Parkland city officials have had enough of earning a salary of $200 a month.
At last week's City Commission meeting, officials voted 4-1 to approve, on first reading, an ordinance that amends the city charter to increase the salaries of city officials. The charter amendment, which has to be approved by voters, will appear on the November 4 ballot.
City officials in cities of comparable size within the county take home salaries in the $25,000-$35,000 range. In Parkland, the annual salary of $2,400 hasn't changed since 1982, when it was locked by a charter amendment.
If voters agree, the salaries and benefits will be adjusted every October based on the average salaries of the mayors and city commissioners in Deerfield Beach, Margate and Coconut Creek. The salaries would be one percent less than what their counterparts earn in the three cities.
"This is not us doing anything on our salaries," Mayor Michael Udine said. "We are asking residents if they want to unlock the salaries and do the average of the salaries of city officials in three cities of comparable size. I don't even know what the salaries are (in the other cities)."