Public hearing on mayoral pay raise is set

Shelton City Hall on Hill Street, at Coram Avenue, is in a converted school building.
Shelton City Hall on Hill Street, at Coram Avenue, is in a converted school building.

The public hearing on whether to raise the mayor’s salary in Shelton will now take place Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium.

The original date for the hearing was canceled due to snow last week.

During the Board of Aldermen hearing, the public will be allowed to comment on a proposal to raise the mayoral salary after this fall’s election.

The mayor’s pay is determined by ordinance in Shelton, except for the annual cost-of-living increases, and therefore any change requires the aldermen to hold a public hearing to seek input from the community.

Salary would go to $135,700

Based on a report by a management consultant hired by the Board of Aldermen, the mayoral salary would increase from the current $110,200 to $135,700 over a three-year period, separate from annual cost-of-living increases that usually are in the 2%-2.5% per year range.

In recommending the raise, consultant David Dunn pointed to a mayor’s responsibility over an entire community; the salaries of other mayors, first selectmen and top municipal administrators in comparable communities around the state; and what Shelton school officials and other city officials earn.

A mayoral salary study takes place every eight years, but that schedule may be changed to every six years.

The salary also is adjusted every year based on cost-of-living calculations, which is similar to what happens with other city employees who aren’t covered by union contracts.

In addition to a salary, a mayor receives another payment of 8% of his salary toward a 401(k) retirement plan, the use of a city vehicle, and life and dismemberment insurance, plus many of the same benefits as other government employees — such as medical and dental insurance coverage.

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Other ordinance changes

The Feb. 5 ublic hearing also will cover other proposed ordinance changes being considered by the Board of Aldermen. These involve:

— The procedure to sell city property;

— Commercial vehicle parking;

— Anti-blight ordinance;

— Permits.