LAKE STEVENS — The City Council unanimously approved a benefits package for the full-time Lake Stevens mayor position during its Tuesday night meeting.
The mayor’s yearly salary is $80,000, as decided by the city’s salary commission in October. That pay went into effect for Mayor Brett Gailey on Nov. 19. He is the city’s first full-time mayor.
The benefits package would cost about $36,000. That means the mayor’s salary and benefits would total $116,000.
The benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance and a deferred compensation match of up to 5% annual salary.
Some council members have argued that the $80,000 salary is too low for the mayor of the lakeside city, with a population of approximately 34,000, because some other full-time mayors in similarly-sized nearby cities make more.