Cuyahoga County Council considering pay raise proposal

Cuyahoga County Council considering pay raise proposal

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County council members are considering a possible pay raise from $45,000 to $52,000 that would take effect in 2019 if passed.

Council members can't vote for their own pay raises, so the increase would have to approved before the March primary and wouldn't take effect until the current council member's terms are up.

Councilman Dave Greenspan told Cleveland 19 news in a phone interview that he will not be supporting the increase at this time. Greenspan said he doesn't think now is the time to address it, that they should wait about 10 years and assess the needs of council then.

Councilman Chuck Germana said in an email that he would be supporting the issue , saying it's current with all other current county contracts and citing pay raises for other county elected officials.

County Council members are considered part-time, but Greenspan said many view it as a full-time commitment.

The only other county in Ohio that has a council is Summit County. Their council members make between $23,000 and $31,000 for the part time position.

Greenspan says it's tough to compare the salaries however, due to differences in demands and responsibilities. Cuyahoga County is the 29th largest county in the country, and each council member has around 125,000 constituents.

Other council members who responded to Cleveland 19's requests for comment include Sunny Simon and Mike Gallagher, and both are not supporting the increase.

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