Heber City Council Increases its Salaries and Utility Rates
Heber City Council approved significant pay raises for its mayor and council members on Tuesday.
A presentation at the city council meeting showed the Heber City mayor and council members’ salaries were well inferior to those of Park City, Summit County Wasatch County.
Later in the meeting, the council voted four to one to raise their salaries.
Mayor Kelleen Potter, who was earning a little over $13,000, will see a bump up to $25,000. She was not present for the meeting.
Council members, who had been making a little under $11,000, will get $15,000.
“Nobody on the council and not the mayor ever asked for this or suggested it. It was brought to us as part of a larger compensation study with an eye toward looking at Heber City staff and making sure that they’re in line with surrounding counties and cities," said Ryan Stack, councilman. "I think you had a majority on the council that felt it was appropriate to make that adjustment, so that way we can continue to attract good-quality candidates to run for office and that it compensates fairly for the level of work.”
Councilwoman Heidi Franco voted against the measure. She said the increases should have been delayed until after the election in November.
The council also raised utility rates slightly. The smallest increase was 5% for culinary water, and the largest was for storm water at 20%. The changes will go into effect beginning August 1.
Put together, the increases come out to roughly six to eight dollars a month for most households.
Franco also presented a proposal to support healthy air in the city.
The proposal would ban wooden stoves for heating homes in new developments and seek to install charging stations for electric cars in town.
Other provisions include asking stopped drivers not to idle and, further down the road, encouraging emission-neutral buildings.
Councilman Stack says he supports Franco’s proposal and hopes the council will vote on it this summer.