Superior may soon sanction a pay raise for the town's future mayor and trustees in an effort to match the latest offerings of its Boulder County neighbors; by 2019, its elected leaders would enjoy a salary roughly 700 percent greater than what trustees were paid only a few years ago.
If approved Monday, the ordinance would bump the monthly compensation for the mayor from $500 to $1,100, a 120 percent raise — future trustees would also see a roughly 167 percent pay bump, according to a town staff report.
Current trustees wouldn't be eligible for the raise unless they are reelected, according to the ordinance's language; three trustee seats are up for reelection in 2018, and another three will be in 2020.
Clint Folsom, the town's current mayor, is eligible to run again in 2018.
Superior's mayor is paid about $6,000 per year (doled out in $500 monthly installments), according to the town's municipal code. The proposed pay increase would bump the seat's monthly compensation to $1,100, or $13,200 annually, after the November election.
Additionally, the ordinance would raise trustees' salaries from $300 to $800 per month ($9,600 annually).
Superior last amended its monthly compensation levels in 2014.
Often, officials said on Wednesday, an uptick in elected leaders' compensation is tied with the growth, and in turn a council's expanded responsibilities, of cities. For reference, Superior's trustees were still getting paid $100 per month as recently as 2013, when officials approved the town's first pay increase for elected leaders since 2002.
The4-square-mile town is slated for what may prove to be transformative growth in the shape of its long-heralded town center development in the coming years.
Officials on Wednesday indicated the proposed pay raise is a matter of putting its elected leaders' compensation on par with those seen in neighboring communities.
"We just want to have our trustees and mayor paid at rates comparable to what other communities are seeing," Folsom said Wednesday. "We feel like our trustees are involved in a number of regional activities apart form their time on the board and it's reasonable that they should be compensated for it."
Superior is certainly not alone in its aspirations for higher wages; Louisville's next mayor is due for a roughly 140 percent pay hike that will bring the seat's compensation to $14,400 per year, according to an ordinance passed in the summer.
Tina Harris is guaranteed $6,000 per year for her role as Erie's mayor, with the potential for an additional $2,400 in payments for individual meeting attendance, according to the town's municipal code. Meanwhile, Lafayette Mayor Christine Berg is paid an annual salary of roughly $11,000 and its City Council members earn just shy of $8,000.
In November, Lafayette voters said "yes" to a ballot question that allows for the monthly compensation of City Council members to fluctuate "by the same collective percentage rates as the general city employees" for the next two years.
"Reviewing this data," the proposal's staff report reads, "it was determined that the Superior Mayor and Trustee salaries were below comparable local municipalities."
If this pay raise is ultimately approved under its existing language, the annual collective compensation budget for all seven Board of Trustees members would increase from $27,600 to $52,800, according to the town's analysis. Following the 2020 election, the annual compensation budget for all seven Board of Trustees would stabilize at $70,800.
"I don't think any of us run for these offices for the money," Folsom said Wednesday. "It's for the love of the community and wanting to do what's best for it."
Superior's Board of Trustees will consider this proposal on Monday evening.