The Commission is tasked with the review and establishment of the mayor and councilmember’s salaries.
Under state law, the city council currently sets the salaries of the mayor and councilmembers.
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) section 35.21.015 authorizes a city to establish a salary commission to review and adjust elected official salaries and provides that commission action supersedes any other state statute, provision, or city ordinance related to either municipal budgets or to the fixing of salaries.
If the commission elects to include a conservative, fixed inflation factor to address future inflationary trends as part of its salary decision, the city council will authorize the commission to be disbanded —but not the salaries established by the commission.
If the commission elects not to include a conservative, fixed inflation factor to address future inflationary trends, then the commission will continue to operate, holding at least annual commission meetings.