The Santa Fe Springs City Council has avoided an unpopular decision by tabling a plan to raise council salaries by $50 a month.
Critics of the proposal, including Councilwoman Mercedes Diaz, complained that the 10% raise was unfair to about 360 city workers and firefighters who have gone without pay raises for two years.
Council members Betty Wilson, Al Sharp and Al Fuentes voted earlier this month for the plan to raise salaries from $490 to $540. Salaries would have increased after the council election April 12.
Santa Fe Springs City Employees Assn. President Alex Rodriguez said he was pleased the council delayed the plan indefinitely.
“We’re all glad,” he said after the unanimous vote last week. “It’s going to be great for the morale of employees.”
In addition to their council salaries, council members receive $490 a month as members of the city Community Development Commission. They also are entitled to medical and retirement benefits, a $500-a-month car allowance and an expense account of up to $200 a month.