If approved by voters, Proposition 413 would adjust the annual current salary of the Mayor and the Council Members, effective Dec. 4, 2023:
• The Mayor’s current salary of $42,000 per year would increase to be commensurate with 1.25 times the salary set for the members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors (or $95,750/year)
• Each Council Members’ salary of $24,000 per year would increase to be commensurate with the salary set for the members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors (or $76,000/year)
Key Factors Behind the Salary Adjustments
The 2023 Citizens’ Commission on Public Service and Compensation (CCPSC), an all-volunteer and diverse group of seven residents, studied these salary adjustments and obtained public input to develop a final report (find the report here: https://bit.ly/prop413report). The CCPSC cited these key factors in their recommendation for increases:
• The Mayor and Council have not received a salary increase since 1999.
• The current salaries do not meet living wage requirements.
• Tucson – the second largest city in the state – lags the five largest cities in Arizona in compensation to elected leaders.
• A salary increase would be absorbed by the City budget and not negatively affect City services.
• Each member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors earns more than the Mayor and Council, despite that the City’s budget is larger ($2.2B) than the County’s budget ($1.8B).
• Reasonable compensation for Tucson’s Mayor and Council Members will help to attract diverse community members to pursue public office in the future.
From CCPSC Report to Ballot Vote