Cuyahoga County Council Members May Get a Bigger Salary


  • Courtesy Cuyahoga County Council
More money, less problems, according to Cuyahoga County Council.

Members are considering a 15.5-percent pay raise which will begin in 2019 if approved. The change includes annual pay increases each year after the initial raise. Right now each council member earns $45,000 a year, and the first increase will bump it up to $52,000. The council president makes $55,000, and the change would increase that to $62,000 annually. Armond Budish, Cuyhoga County Executive, makes $175,000 a year.

The council gig is part-time, but members say the job demands full-time dedication, hence the increase. 

Compared to other county governments, the 11 Cuyahoga County Council members will earn more than double the salary of Summit County counterparts, who earn $24,000 annually.

Salaries are determined by charter, with the original salary suggestion set at $25,000 annually. That amount was later increased in the proposed charter and eventually approved by Cuyahoga County voters in 2009.

This new measure is scheduled to be addressed at the next council meeting on Tuesday. Councilman Chuck Germana is sponsoring the salary resolution.

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