There seems to be a furor over mayoral pay in the city of Snohomish. In a tow of 10,000 people we cannot afford an expectation of big-city-level salary for our mayor.
I admire those who, doing their civic duty, step up to serve their community with their time and talent. It’s not about dollars. It’s about maintaining the quality of life and the character of our town.
Over the more than 40 years of having a council-manager form of government, mayors had a full-time job outside of their city responsibilities. the council and mayor got a stipend for their efforts on our behalf, minimal recompense for the time they gifted to the town they love.
We have a professional city administrator. We have a professional administrative assistant. We have a professional economic development director. If the mayor chooses to devote time to cutting ribbons and visiting city commission meetings that is commendable, but please don’t ask for the dollars we need for other more important services.