SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Springfield Chamber of Commerce has proposed to increase the Springfield Mayor's salary from $95,000 to $135,000.
Here are Mayor Domenic Sarno's comments on Springfield Chamber of Commerce proposal to increase the salary for the mayor:
"While I'm deeply humbled and honored to be Mayor and know that I love and live this job, there is never a good time for any elected official when it comes to giving consideration to a potential pay raise. However, any Mayor, he or she deserves to be fairly compensated for this very difficult and demanding 24/7 job."
In regarding whether the Mayor is in favor of the increase or not in favor? The Mayor stated, "There has not been a raise since 1998, if you look at comparable cities and even much smaller cities/towns, i.e., Westfield $100,000; Newton $125,000, Chicopee/Agawam/Holyoke $80-90,000. Even considering hard working department heads, there are major discrepancies."
Mayor Sarno also stated, "The subject resides with the City Council; I will abide by their decision. In consideration of the vast and pressing responsibilities of this position; it's only fair, not only now, but also in attraction for future mayors to follow me."
According to Affiliated Chambers Executive Director Jeffrey Ciuffreda the salary increase would mean higher taxes for Springfield residents; however, Springfield should be able to find a different way to find that $40,000 difference out of the city's $550 million budget.