Tompkins County Lawmakers to Consider a 7% Pay Increase
Tompkins County lawmakers are considering increasing their salaries next year, a legislative committee has recommended increasing legislative pay.
The Tompkins Legislature’s Government Operations Committee has recommended increasing salaries from the current $18,700 to $20 thousand dollars a year, that's $13 hundred dollars more per year or a nearly 7% increase..
The Chair of the Legislature receives one-and-a-half times the standard legislator salary.
The Government Operations voted last Friday 4-0 in support of the pay hike.'s
Dryden Legislator Mike Lane said he voted in favor of the increase to bring it to the full legislature for discussion, but he will not support the pay raise when it comes up for a final vote.
Another proposal that failed due to a lack of support would have raised legislative salaries 2% to $19,075, an increase consistent with 2% raises that county employees will receive over the next two years.
Budget chair Jim Dennis points out that even with the salary increase, total legislative pay will be less because the number of legislators will decrease from 15 to 14 Legislators in the 2014-2017 term.
The Legislature is scheduled to take up the salary issue at its January 3 meeting.