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Why not offer our next Mayor a salary?

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Lincoln City Homepage Letters to the editor

Many Lincoln City residents, including me, feel that we haven’t had much luck with our past two Mayors. Maybe if we offered some sort of salary, we could do better?

Larger Oregon cities pay their Mayors a standard competitive salary, because they can afford to do so. But, maybe we could pay ours a “proportional” salary? The job, if performed well, certainly consumes an inordinately large amount of time and concentration (especially under our current ZOOM meeting requirements)!

So, why not offer our next Mayor some kind of cash incentive? ZipRecruiter says that Springfield (population over 60,000) pays its Mayor an annual salary of $164,051 (that’s about the average for our state, which embarrassingly ranks 41 out of 50 states nationwide for Mayoral salaries according to ZipRecruiter). On a proportional scale, that would mean that Lincoln City (population of about 9,000) might offer an annual incentive payment for Mayoral services of, say, $25,000?

Jay Roelof
Lincoln City

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3 COMMENTS

  1. $25,000 isn’t going to give them much incentive. If they’ve never been paid, why begin now? I’ve only been here 4 years, I know Dick Anderson is a Senator now, not sure about the other one spoken about. It’s not like Dick Anderson just up & quit, he moved up.

  2. Our city is too small to have a paid Mayor and a city manager! What we need is someone new to the community that understands the residents in Lincoln City don’t want or need new taxes.
    All but one council Member of the current city council does not understand this concept. What we need to do is wipe the slate clean and start over with new councilors and a new Mayor.
    The current council REFUSES to have town hall meetings. The town hall meetings with the council will allow residents to ask questions and get answers from our elected officials. Instead they want to form a citizens community committee. Then this committee reports back to the council with questions from the Residents. How ridiculous is that!

  3. Politicians shouldn’t be paid at all. Look at the “good” it’s done for congress.
    Scores of career politicians that lose their way very easily.
    Do the good work you have in mind, and go back to your regular job, which, we
    expect you to have, the job that gave you the experience to be able to
    relate to working Americans. Otherwise, why don’t we just program a
    computer to make logical decisions for us. Seriously.

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