Resolution pertaining to the annual stipends received by members of the Select Board and other committees
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VOTED that the Town adopt the following resolution:
WHEREAS Select Board members carry heavy, time-demanding responsibilities, particularly the Select Board Chair, and
WHEREAS though the stipend increased in 2011 to $4500 for the Chair and $3500 for other members, those amounts do not represent the true effort involved, essentially demanding an average of 20+ hours per week of time, and
WHEREAS many town residents who might otherwise be interested cannot afford to provide their time to this level and therefore the current system is exclusionary and eliminates potentially excellent candidates, and
WHEREAS all Brookline inhabitants and employees will benefit from an inclusive Select Board elected from competitive races.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1. The Town is encouraged to raise the annual stipends of the Select Board to $40,000 (members) and $60,000 (chair) effective for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2020, and
2. Such stipend should increase annually by an amount equal to the general increase granted to Department Heads pending an affirmative action by Town Meeting to ratify that increase.as stated in the budget Conditions of Appropriation.
3. This experience will be used to inform a future review of the compensation status of other committees, with a focus on the School Committee.