On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) voted in favor of a recommendation to support proposed changes to our city’s charter to include provisions for salary compensation for our City’s Mayor and council members.
“San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas, behind Houston, and the seventh largest in the nation and currently does not adequately compensate its city’s mayor or council members for their service and professional time required in fulfilling their official duties,” said Ramiro Cavazos, Hispanic Chamber President and CEO.
The Hispanic Chamber believes that paying a wage in accordance with the median based income according to the U.S. Census data for our city is fair. It’s important to take into account that the mayor and city council members often put in full-time hours, working anywhere between 40 and 80 hours per week.
Proposing these provisions and increasing the current salary structure could open the potential for more people who are qualified and passionate about civic service and who want to run for office.
For more information about the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a full position statement on Sensible Pay in San Antonio, visit sahcc.org.