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Spokane mayor talks city salaries

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Mayor David Condon is addressing concerns over wages and raises for city employees. Mayor David Condon is addressing concerns over wages and raises for city employees.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Mayor David Condon is addressing concerns over wages and raises for city employees that some members of the general public consider inappropriate.

The mayor is proposing a three part plan on salary reform to combat the growing gap between the average salary of city workers, and the people of Spokane. As part of the Government Affordability Plan, the proposal aims to create consistency on how the city sets the salaries of its elected officials.

Right now, the Citizen Salary Review Commission has authority over the wages of city council members. The new plan would also give the commission authority over the mayor's salary.

Mayor condon currently makes almost $170,000 a year, and under next year's budget, more than 160 city employees would have annual salaries of more than $100,000.

But Condon says it's unfair to compare his or his employee's salaries with the salaries of workers in other cities. "I've seen comparisons to Seattle vs. the mayor of Spokane," he said. "The reality is, I run the utilities. Also you could sit there and say no you don't mayor, you've got people who do that, but it was me that gave the direction we will not increase utility rates over CPI."

Part two of Condon's proposal would push state lawmakers to consider inequalities in housing costs among different communities as a factor in labor arbitration.

Part three would invest in a salary survey of all city job classifications to make sure wages are consistent with the market rate.

The mayor says he believes city government should be considered a service industry, and not a corporation when it comes to making changes. If you'd like to weigh in, a third community forum on the matter is set for Friday, November 14th.

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