KEITH MASHBURN SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT REGARDING COMPENSATION FOR MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL.
In light of the situation in the City of Bell, the Acorn recently identified the salary of our council members at about $14,000 annually. As it turns out this is not the total compensation the taxpayers provide to our Council members.
In addition to the salary, a council member receives an additional $400 per month car allowance. What most people are not aware of, is that council members also receive medical benefits as well as retirement benefits and other forms of benefits. For them to be compensated with benefits from a part time PUBLIC SERVICE position, that is normally reserved for full time employment, is excessive. A council members total compensation reaches about $53,000 per year.
I currently pay $1400 per month for my medical insurance. I am not running for city council so the taxpayer can pay my medical insurance and provide me a second retirement for PART TIME work. If elected, I will not accept these benefits and will move for their elimination. And, under all circumstances, whenever the question is asked about pay, the total compensation package will be reported.
I am running for council because I want to give back, not receive….every citizen should rest in the fact that they get quality representation for the lowest cost possible; unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be happening on any level of government today.
The taxpayers of Simi Valley deserve to know exactly how much they are paying their elected officials. After all, they are paying the bills.
UPDATE: This information has been publicly available on the Police Officers Association website for quite a while. You can see this information by clicking here. It’s also important to note that the Simi Valley POA has run paid advertisements in the Acorn publishing this data.
CITY HALL DISCLOSURE: In the wake of the City of Bell Scandal, the city has acknowledged the importance of detailing this data. The complete details of City Council compensation and all benefits were disclosed in the most recent City Council meeting. To see the webcast, click here and look at the meeting dated August 2, 2010.