A City Council committee recommended this morning setting the mayor's salary at $171,500. The figure, derived from giving the mayor the same increase city employees have received within the last four years, would amount to an $11,500 raise.
The council committee also looked at using the increase in the consumer price index (commonly called the cost of living) over the past four years to set the mayor's current salary, but that figure would have been almost $180,000.
Councilperson Barbara Swearengen Ware suggested the mayor's salary be bumped up to $175,000, but no one on the committee seconded it. New councilperson Madeleine Cooper Taylor, wanting the mayor's pay to be more in line with the heads of the local school districts, Memphis Light Gas & Water, and the Riverfront Development Corporation, moved that the mayor get $200,000 annually, but that was also not seconded by any other committee members.
Before the increase becomes official, the full council will have to approve it