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Council Compensation Task Force -2019

Council Compensation Task Force to be Appointed

The City Council invites residents to apply to serve on a Council Compensation Task Force to review the salary and other compensation for the Mayor and City Council and recommend whether they should be changed.  The recommendations will be considered by the City Council. Any change made to the salary and compensation would be voted on by the current Council and take effect beginning with the Mayor and Council elected in 2020.

Current Council Salary

 As of July 1, 2019, the Mayor’s annual salary is $14,771.24. Councilmembers receive an annual salary of $11,362.54.  The Council is eligible to participate in the City’s health insurance program on a cost sharing basis, with the City paying 50% of the lowest cost base premium rate for individual coverage.

2003 “Principles of Compensation”

In 2003, the City Council adopted Principles of Compensation:

  1. The positions of Mayor and Councilmember are part-time and should be treated that way;
  2. Full monetary compensation for the Mayor and Councilmembers is not appropriate;
  3. It is appropriate to monetarily compensate the Mayor and Councilmembers to some extent for their work;
  4. Monetary compensation creates an obligation for the Mayor and Councilmembers to perform their jobs;
  5. Monetary compensation provides status to the Mayor and Councilmembers;
  6. The Mayor’s salary should be greater than that of Councilmembers; and
  7. Compensation for the Mayor and Councilmembers should be comparable to Maryland municipalities of similar size and complexity.

Questions for Consideration by the Task Force:

  • Are the principles of compensation still appropriate to guide this and future Compensation Task Forces? What, if any, changes do you recommend?
  • Consider race equity in the review. Are the salary and level of benefits a barrier to running for office or serving on the City Council in Takoma Park? If so, what do you recommend?
  • Are there non-salary considerations, such as childcare, transportation, administrative support, constituent services, time spent in meetings, etc. that are barriers to service on the Council? If so, what do you recommend?
  • What other recommendations do you have?
  • What should be the salary and compensation for the Mayor and Council to be elected in 2020 and 2022?

Tentative Schedule:

  • Interim Report, including preliminary recommendations on principles of compensation, submitted to Council by January 28
  • Task Force Final Report due to City Council – February 25, 2020


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For additional information, contact Jessie Carpenter, 301-891-7267 or jessiec@takomaparkmd.gov.

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