County Council votes to give itself a pay increase
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:28

The County Council approved a bill that would increase each council member’s pay by 15.7 percent to $62,500, as well as a 16.5 percent pay increase for the county executive.

by Ben Boehl

    The county executive and members of the Baltimore County Council are going to get a pay raise next year. Council bills 75-14 and 75-15, providing for a pay increase for the county elected officials, were both passed by a vote of 7 to 0 last week.
    The bills call for a $25,000 year raise for the county executive, with each member of the council receiving an additional $8,500 per year.
    According to county records, each council member presently receives $54,000 per year, which will grow by 15.7 percent to $62,500.
    The county executive’s pay will increase from $150,000 to $175,000, which is slightly more than a 16.5 percent raise.
     County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the seven current council members will not receive the raise unless they are re-elected. The new pay scale will not take effect until after the 2014 elections, when the new council meets for the first time in December.
    One council member who will not be affected by the pay increase is 7th District Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
    He announced last year that he would not seek re-election to the council in 2014. Olszewski voted in favor of the pay raise.
    Olszewski could not reached before press time.
    One of Olszewski’s possible successors criticized the pay increase. Republican council candidate Todd Crandell said the pay raise is “insensitive” when the 7th District has been hit hard by job losses.
    “I don’t think it’s fair to the people of our district to accept a pay raise,” he said in a statement.
    Crandell promised to donate the additional $8,500 to youth organizations in the district if he is elected.
    “My friends and neighbors appreciate someone who puts their money where their mouth is. This is what a leader does,” Crandell said.
    “A leader does what is right by the people who elect him.”