Schaumburg mayor recommending pay hikes for village trustees, commission members
Just after the primary election polls close Tuesday, Schaumburg trustees will vote on a proposed increase in the pay for their office -- but that wouldn't take effect until after the elections in April 2023 for some of the village board seats and April 2025 for the rest.
The proposed change in compensation for each of the six trustees would boost annual pay from the current $6,439 to $9,883, which is the current amount paid to the village clerk.
Mayor Tom Dailly, who made the recommendation, is suggesting the clerk's compensation stay the same and that the mayor's remains at its present $28,456 a year.
Dailly said it's been many years since there's been any raise in the compensation for trustees. The amounts he's recommending are based on the population, geographic size and economic impact of the village, and the workload those factors create, he said.
"You can't compare Schaumburg to a town of 25,000 (residents)," Dailly said.
The U.S. Census Bureau put Schaumburg's most recent population at 78,723.
With the intention of offsetting the increase in trustee compensation, Dailly said he's also recommending changing the automatic annual increases for village board members from their longtime 3% to whatever the increase is for the village's nonunion staff.
In recent years, that raise has been in the 2% to 2.5% range, he said.
Though Dailly isn't proposing any change to the annual compensation for the mayor, he is recommending an increase from $100 to $300 in the monthly compensation for liquor commissioner, a role traditionally held by the mayor. But this, too, would not take effect until after the next mayoral election in 2023.
The proposal includes keeping the stipend for meeting days at $75 for village board members.
While all of these suggestions would have an impact on future budget years, Dailly is recommending increases to the pay of plan commission and zoning board members that would affect the current budget year that began May 1.
Plan commission members would see their annual compensation increase from $500 to $750, while the chair's would rise from $750 to $1,000. Zoning board members would get a raise from $650 to $900 a year, while the chair's would increase from $1,200 to $1,500.
Village Manager Brian Townsend said the staff responsible for drafting the annual budget have found that the suggested increases would have minimal impact.
All meeting attendance for these various panels would go up from $20 to $25 per meeting.
Other committee and commission members would see their annual stipends rise from $350 to $500, and chairs' would rise from $500 to $750.
The current elected terms of Dailly, Village Clerk Marilyn Karr and village trustees Brian Bieschke, George Dunham and Mark Madej end in May 2023. Those of trustees Jamie Clar, Frank Kozak and Jack Sullivan end in May 2025.