City Council Approves Raise for Mayor and Council

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — City raises for both the Mayor and City Councilors were approved by the City Council tonight.

The Councilor’s pay will jump from just over $14,000 annually to $19,846.

The mayor’s salary will jump from $95,000 to around $135,000.

The figures are comparable to other cities of Springfield’s size nationwide.

It’s the first time in seventeen years the mayor’s position will see an increase.

People make more than the Mayor who are city employees. I believe the Mayor’s salary is justified. The money is coming from various accounts in the city,” said City Councilor James Ferrara.

The changes will go into effect January 1, 2014.

  • tiredofthemedia

    Wow an almost 50% raise for the mayor. That’s not bad. When we get a 3% at work we think we are doing good.

  • doggone

    The practice of percentile raises is what keeps that gap between rich and poor widening.
    Raises should be of a comparable monetary increase to avoid any further gaps in our economy and start reducing the inflation rate.