If you think Tucson City Council members are overcompensated, or if you are among those who believe they're underpaid, now's your chance to make a difference.
The city is accepting applications for a seven-member commission to analyze and recommend what it considers a proper salary for the mayor and council.
The committee will meet for approximately two months beginning in January, and members must have a recommendation completed by March 15.
Any salary change recommendation will be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot, where voters will have the final say. Council members currently make $24,000 a year, with the mayor's salary set at $42,000 annually.
City Manager Richard Miranda will select the members based on a number of factors that represent "Tucson's diverse economic, environmental, racial, ethnic and cultural groups," according to a city news release.
While government and public-administration experience is preferred, it's not required. In fact, the only immutable requirements for appointment are that applicants not be immediate relatives or dependents of a city employee and be registered voters living within Tucson's city limits.
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Want to serve?
Anyone interested in serving on the committee should submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. Dec. 19 to:
City Manager's Office
Attn: Yvonne L. Espino
City Hall, 10th Floor West
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210
Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or firstname.lastname@example.org