Chapter 3.12


3.12.010    Council members.

3.12.020    Mayor.

3.12.030    Salary paydays for city employees.

3.12.010 Council members.

A. Effective January 1, 2013, the annual salary for members of the city council shall be calculated as follows:

1. January 1, 2013, $1,893 per month;

2. The annual salary for council members shall increase annually by three percent, beginning January 1, 2014.

B. Each member of the city council shall be reimbursed for expenses legally incurred in the conduct of their duties in accordance with council policy.

C. Those health and life insurance benefits which are provided to permanent, part-time exempt employees of the city shall be available to council members.

1. These council benefits shall be administered in the same manner as those of other city employees and shall include the following:

a. Self-only medical, dental, and vision benefits including any co-payments or other cost-sharing provisions, but not including any incentive programs as may be made a part of the city’s benefit plans;

b. The same opportunity to self-pay for dependent coverage which is provided to permanent part-time exempt employees; and

c. Life insurance coverage equivalent to double the current annual salary.

2. Health benefits shall be provided under this section only to the extent that the benefits eligible to council members through plans provided by employment other than with the city of Bellingham are exhausted first. [Ord. 2013-09-072 § 4; Ord. 10893 § 1, 1997; Ord. 10209, 1991; Ord. 19188, 1991; Ord. 10156 § 1, 1990; Ord. 9609 § 6, 1986; Ord. 9455, 1985; Ord. 8783 § 2, 1979].

3.12.020 Mayor.

A. The annual salary for the mayor shall be five percent above the highest salary level of department head positions and shall be increased annually by the same percentage amount as salaries are increased for exempt (nonrepresented) employees, unless the council directs otherwise by budget or other ordinance.

B. The employment benefits received by the mayor shall be administered in the same manner as those of the city’s department heads. [Ord. 2013-09-072 §§ 5, 12; Ord. 2008-03-021; Ord. 10893 § 2, 1997; Ord. 10156 § 2, 1990; Ord. 9884, 1988; Ord. 9759, 1988; Ord. 9609 § 6, 1986; Ord. 9226 § 1, 1983; Ord. 8783 § 1, 1979].

3.12.030 Salary paydays for city employees.

The salaries, wages, and compensation of the employees in all of the departments of the city shall be paid semimonthly, on the tenth day and twenty-fifth day of each month; provided, that if such day falls upon Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday, payment shall be made on the preceding work day. [Ord. 9736, 1987; Code 1980 at § 2.04.040].