Prop. 413: Salary Increase for Elected Officials

Voters are asked to approve an amendment to the City Charter that will change the compensation of the Mayor and City Council.

What It Does

If Prop. 413 is approved, Council Members will receive the same salary as members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. The Mayor’s salary will be set at 1.25 times the salary of the Supervisors. The result will raise the Council’s yearly salary from $24,000 to $76,000. The Mayor’s salary will go from $42,000 to $95,750 as of December 4, 2023.

The raises will be absorbed by the City budget and will not increase taxes of affect services.

Reasons for approving the amendment

  • Current salaries were set in 1999 and have not been adjusted in 24 years.  In that time the responsibilities of the offices have grown and now are a full-time job.
  • Tucson lags behind the five largest cities in Arizona in its compensation of elected leaders.
  • Very low pay discourages people who do not have an independent source of income from running for office.  Raising the salary will encourage a more diverse and representative pool of candidates for office.

Reasons for rejecting the amendment…

  • The pay raise is too large.
  • The proposition should also specify requirements for office such as requiring the officeholder to not hold outside employment or paid board positions.
  • The funding source is not specifically identified.

What Your Vote Means

YES:

Salaries will be increased effective December 4, 2023.

NO:

Continues the salary of the Mayor and Council at pre-existing 1999 levels.

How will you vote? Yes, No

For more information about Prop. 413, download the Publicity Pamphlet prepared by Tucson City Elections Department

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