Allegheny County poll query: Ought to county council get wage or stipend?

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Onerous-fought races for state courts, county, faculty, and municipal workplaces usually are not the one objects on the poll on Tuesday.

As KDKA-TV political editor Jon Delano reviews, voters in Allegheny County have a referendum query that might change the best way, however not the quantity, that county council members are paid. 

It is a part-time job that has by no means paid a lot. County council members earn the equal of $210 per week in a stipend that will get doled out primarily based on conferences attended, fairly than as a wage like different county officers.

“One of many suggestions from the Authorities Assessment Fee was to alter it from a stipend to a wage, and the explanation was so we receives a commission frequently,” Allegheny County Councilperson Bob Macey mentioned. 

On Election Day, Allegheny County voters can be requested to vote sure or no on a poll query that may keep the present pay however as a wage, not a stipend, with one pay elevate each 5 years that can’t exceed 5 %.

Macey says that proper now, council members get a full stipend for attending 20 out of 24 council conferences and are paid nothing for attending committee conferences or their work in the neighborhood.

“Council conferences common perhaps 20 minutes to an hour,” Macey mentioned. “The majority of our work is finished in the neighborhood, attending completely different occasions, attending committee conferences Downtown. We put a number of work in. It is a part-time job that has full-time tasks.”

A vote sure, says Macey, doesn’t change their total pay of $10,939, however he mentioned it could be paid over 26 pay durations, as an alternative of after every council assembly.

Macey says members of the council in each events voted to place this modification on the poll, however not less than one is urging a no vote.

“I actually hope that everybody can be voting no on this poll referendum. I personally can be,” Allegheny County Councilperson Bethan Hallam mentioned. 

Hallam says the change would possibly encourage council members to not attend their conferences.

“All this does is change from a per assembly stipend, the place if you happen to do not attend the assembly, you aren’t getting paid, to a wage the place a council member may get elected to a four-year time period and never present up for a single council assembly or do a single ounce of labor and nonetheless obtain their total taxpayer-funded wage,” Hallam mentioned. 

Macey says there isn’t any proof of council members skipping conferences and that is merely an accounting correction. Voters will resolve on Tuesday.

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