Anne Arundel County Council rejects raises for members

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The next members of the Anne Arundel County Council won’t be receiving a pay raise.

The council voted 5-2 Tuesday against hiking salaries for its seven members from $36,000 to $40,518, the first such raise since 2002.

The legislation, introduced by Councilman Jamie Benoit, D-Crownsville, followed the recommendations of the Salary Standard Commission appointed by the council last year.

Benoit, who is barred from running again due to term limits, voted in favor of the bill, along with Councilman Dick Ladd, R-Severna Park, who lost his seat on the council in the June 24 primary.

Benoit’s bill sought to gradually increase salaries for council members, who serve part-time. It would have bumped their pay to $37,080 in December, then raised their pay by around $1,000 through 2017.

The bill also would have increased the council vice chairman’s pay from $38,100 to $41,643 in 2014, and the chairman’s pay from $41,715 to $45,583.

The seven members of the Salary Standard Commission, in their report, compared the Anne Arundel council’s salaries and benefits to those of neighboring counties.

When compared against council salaries in Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Prince George’s counties, Anne Arundel councilmen make the least. Councilmen in Harford County, which has a population about half the size of Anne Arundel, earn $36,210 per year. 

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