Mayor Walsh Looks To Boost City Hall Salaries

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- The Boston City Council will soon be voting on its own pay raise. 

Mayor Walsh is recommending a 4-percent pay hike for the city council, bringing each councilor's salary to $103,000 dollars a year. He'd like to raise his own salary by $8,000

 dollars, to $207,000 dollars a year. Walsh tells WBZ NewsRadio1030 he based his numbers on findings from the Municipal Compensation Advisory Board, which figured in inflation and the cost of living.

“This is something that the city had been criticized in the past - for not doing a review every year. over the last 20 years, there's only been a couple of reviews. so, i made a commitment last time that we'd do a review every 2 years, which is slated by the charter of the city.  these are just recommendations, these are not gonna be raises, they're just recommendations,” he said to WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe.

Walsh is also recommending pay hikes for other city managers.

"We haven't looked at cabinet level positions and department heads on maybe 20 years. So we're looking at opportunities here, potentially. These aren't going to go into effect right away, there's no reason for them. These are levels that we could up to. That's why we're doing it. and incorporated in that happens to be the Mayor and the City Councilor's salary would that as well. that would not go into effect until 2019, after the election," he said.

Walsh says the City Charter now calls for a review of salaries every two years. 

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

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