Paso Robles City Council votes to raise their own compensation

March 19, 2024


The Paso Robles City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to raise their compensation by 10% and their travel allowances by 20%, with Councilman Chris Bausch dissenting. The increase will need to come back for a second reading and vote.

Currently, the mayor and council members receive monthly compensation of $1,400 and $1,050, respectively. The council voted to raise the mayor’s monthly stipend to $1,540 and the council members’ to $1,155.

While the staff report notes the increase compensation does not apply to a council member during their term in office, it also says they will all receive increases in Nov. 2024, even though only three member will be starting a new term.

Council member stipends are in place to cover a member’s expenses, and not as a salary. Paso Robles has the second highest rates for council and mayor stipends in San Luis Obispo County.

The council voted unanimously to raise each member’s travel allowances from $5,000 to $6,000 per year, with a 5% escalation each year thereafter. If a council member requires additional travel revenue, they can make a request to the council.

In addition to salaries and travel expenses, the council also receives health and welfare benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurances as well as a mileage allowance.


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Yeah, the mayor; a millionaire living in mansion in the hills, needs a driving stipend and a paycheck increase for a job he Needs to do for free to serve the community his dad made his money off of and he I inherited. City council is for serving your community before you die, for free, as it used to be, as our founders intended. These “conservatives” are disgusting. John=Heidi=Slo=Paso and yet they make us all fight and bicker but pull the same cards keeping us blind and dumb and poor while Joun lives up in the hills in his Insanely Large Home that could function as 5 low income houses. Cool. And now is committing crimes and the state.

JULIE TACKER THANK YOU FOR GIVING A SHIT. You single handed, are one of the most Important, selfless people, here.

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Just another prime example of how disconnected our arrogant government leaders (?) are in our nation. Another case of the fox guarding the hen house. Our nation needs to implement randomly selected public citizen committees that have the sole responsibility of evaluating the performance of local, state and federal governmental leaders, establishing pay scales and determining if and when pay raises should be approved. It’s time to recall the entire leadership of Paso Robles and hire people who REALLY care about the community they serve.

I cannot believe the audacity!!! These people ought to be in jail! Forget the citizens of Paso Robles, lets just do what’s best for us$$$$$

My opinion is that self imposed raises are similar to being award a blank check.

This makes sense. If you pay your elected representatives peanuts, you can expect that the only people who will run for office are wealthy elites. Frankly they should raise the salary higher to encourage more working class residents and those with families to run for office.

Who didn’t see this coming once they got paid parking back on track, have to spend the new found money somewhere, certainly not on actual services or maintenance.

So we get to pay them more for them to keep entirely ignoring their obligation to their constituents?

I wonder how long until they propose a new tax hike?