They say what goes up must come down.
That’s the case for the pay structure of the Temple City Council, which looked to jump as much as 80 percent a few weeks ago. But now, with a new mayor and two new council members, the pay will actually be cut by 14 percent.
The council voted unanimously on a pay hike last fall. Pay for council members would have jumped from $3,000 a year to between $4,200 and $5,400 a year starting in 2014. The mayor’s pay would jump from $3,600 to $4,500 a year.
The varying numbers depended on service, with money paid for serving on and chairing a series of committees. But when new Mayor Lester Harmon took office last month, he refused to appoint any committee members.
Thus, the entire committee system has died along with the raise and $50 a month that was already in place for committee service.
The end result is that pay for Temple City Council members has been cut from $3,000 a year to $2,400 a year, and the mayor’s pay has been cut from $3,600 to $3,000 a year.