Mayor Holly Daines has made good on a promise to donate her $11,269 pay raise for 2023 to the Public Arts Program.

LOGAN – True to her word, Logan Mayor Holly Daines will donate $11,269 to the city’s Public Arts Program.

That amount — which represents the sum total of Daines’ 2023 pay raise — was mentioned in a workshop item reviewed by the Logan City Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Along with more than $275,000 in other funds for various city projects, Finance Director Richard Anderson requested that the City Council appropriate “ … $11,269 of funds received from Mayor Daines as promised as part of her donating any raise she received this year toward the Public Arts Program.”

On June 21, after some soul-searching and a little angst, the members of the council voted city elected officials – including themselves — a nearly 11 percent pay raise for the upcoming fiscal year.

According to Resolution 22-19, approved at that meeting, the mayor’s compensation would jump from $102,452 approved last June to $113,721, plus a $6,000 car allowance.

That same document set council members’ compensation at $17,842, plus a $300 car allowance, up from $16,074 approved last year.

In response to a question from Council Member Tom Jensen during deliberations on June 21, Daines replied that other city employees are in line for a 4 percent across-the-board pay hike and another up to 4 percent in merit pay based on performance.

Ambrie Darley, the city’s human resources director, argued that increased compensation for Logan elected officials were justified because Logan lags behind the compensation rates of other similar municipalities because the local council had refused to approve pay hikes for themselves for a decade after the nationwide economic collapse in 2008.

Darley explained that, in the past year, she had taken part in a compensation study that the city of Ogden conducted for its mayor and council members. Participants in that market study included Logan, Murray, St. George, West Jordan and four other cities.

“The average salary for city council members was $22,300,” she explained. “So, with our salaries coming up to $17,842, we’re still below the average salaries for those cities.”

The average wage for mayors in those cities is $116,900, according to Darley. But those cities also have full-time city managers, while Logan relies heavily on the mayor to handle administrative duties.

The average salary for those city managers was $179,300.

“A lot of council members and mayors are motivated by public service rather than compensation,” Darley acknowledged. “But, down the road if we’re looking for qualified candidates, we do need to get these wages up in order to be attractive to people running for these positions.”

Daines had previously said that she was going to donate her pay jump to a city project and made good on that promise Tuesday evening.

Resolution 22-35, appropriating Daines’ pay raise and other funds, will likely be approved by the member of the city council at their next regular meeting on Aug. 16.

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