Incoming City Council president Darrell Clarke is making a list and he's checking it twice.
Office assignments? Check.
Budgets for incoming members? Check.
Earlier this month the six incoming members received notice that they would receive $375,000 toward Council staff and other amenities -$25,000 more than new members received in 2008. The additional money will not cost tax payers a dime since its cash freed-up from retiring members who were paid more and had fatter budgets, Clarke said.
Retiring members, excluding retiring Council president Anna Verna had budgets that varied between roughly $300,000 and $500,000. Verna who has the largest staff in Council including six district office and 44 president office employees –had a budget of about $3 million, not including her salary.