SJ Mayor, Council Take Salary Hit

If the goal was to lead by example, elected officials in San Jose can say "we are."

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 10:41 AM PDT
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SJ Mayor, Council Take Salary Hit

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The San Jose City Council followed through on a vote that hit them on a personal level.

The council and the mayor officially accepted a 10 percent pay cut in an effort to close a $115 million budget deficit.
   
The vote was 8-3, with Councilmen Kansen Chu and Xavier Campos and Councilwoman Nancy Pyle dissenting.

The mayor's annual salary goes from $127,000 to $114,000 and the council members' annual salaries go from $90,000 to $81,000.

The cuts will be in effect from June 26 through June 30, 2013.

Pyle said she could not support the ordinance because she needed more time the matter. Chu and Campos opposed the  recommendation to reduce council members' salaries, saying that it would  limit the talent pool and attract mostly people who are wealthy.

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