The Blue Ribbon Commission has been established to review the total compensation for the mayor, school committee and city councilors. We would like to hear your perspectives on the topic as we determine whether any changes to total compensation should be considered.

In order to facilitate the process of collecting your input, we are providing three opportunities for your engagement:

  1. We are holding upcoming meetings in City Hall to invite community members to provide comments. March 27th at 7pm in Room 204 and April 9th at 7pm in Room 205.
  2. The public is also free to attend our scheduled meetings, and may provide comments for the first 15 minutes of every meeting moving forward. Please find the scheduled meeting notices here: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/aldermen/special/blue_ribbon/default.asp
  3. Below you will find a survey meant to elicit feedback on specific questions related to our efforts.
Survey Instructions

The questions are broken out into two sections, one section dedicated to council and school committee members, as they are roles that, while elected, are not prohibited from attaining outside employment. Because assuming the role of the mayor precludes her/him from assuming outside employment, the questions in that section are framed in a different way. All positions require residency in the City of Newton.

For context, all of these roles are considered employees* by definition under State law, and the current total compensation is as follows:


Mayor
  • Base Salary: $125,000/year
  • Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision
  • Pension* (employee status requires this be provided): Vesting after 10 years
  • Perquisites: Use of car provided by the City of Newton
City Council
  • Base Salary: $9,750/year
  • Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision
  • Pension* (employee status requires this be provided): Vesting after 10 years
School Committee
  • Base Salary: $4,875/year
  • Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision
  • Pension* (employee status requires this be provided): Vesting after 10 years
Please respond to the following questions, and know your responses, unless you chose to identify yourself, will be anonymous.

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* 2. Your Name

Council/School Committee Questions:

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* 4. Do you believe council and school committee members should receive a salary?

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* 5. Do you believe the salary should be adjusted at the start of a term to reflect changes to cost of living?

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* 6. Should minimum wage be a factor when considering salaries for these roles?

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* 7. Would you or have you ever considered running for one of these elected positions?

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* 8. Would the compensation provided be a factor in your willingness or ability to run for one of these offices?

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* 9. Do you believe the compensation has an impact on Newton’s ability to attract a socio-economically diverse pool of candidates?

Mayor Questions:

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* 10. Do you believe the mayor’s compensation should be adjusted at the start of a term to reflect changes in the cost of living?

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* 11. What criteria should be used to determine an appropriate total compensation for the mayor - please select all that you believe should apply from the following:

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* 12. In order to attract top talent, historically some city employees have earned more than the mayor. Do you believe this is an acceptable practice?

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* 13. Do you believe the mayor's compensation has an impact on our ability to attract a socio-economically diverse pool of candidates?

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* 14. General comments about the elected officials' compensation:

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