A tip from a frequent reader of this site, followed by a public data request, has revealed interesting information about the benefits that Tallahassee City Commissioners receive for their public service.
The salary of City Commissioners has been discussed in public for many years. Since the installation of the full-time Mayor position, the salary of the four part-time Commissioners was set at $36,000 per year and the Mayor receives $72,000 per year.
On top of that however, the data request indicates that each City Commissioner receives some additional perks. First, each City Commissioner receives an annually “employer paid deferred compensation” payment. The payments are $16,499 for Commissioner Gillum, $21,999 for Commissioners Katz, Lightsey and Marks, and $22,219 for Commissioner Mustian.
Tallahassee Reports has confirmed this payment is in addition to their salary and that the money can only be accessed after the Commissioners cease to be city employees.
Additional perks for each Commissioner include a $3,000 a year car allowance and an annual City Commission Benefit Allowance of $1,315.
The public record request also indicates that all City Commissioner positions are eligible for the general employee benefits which include flexbucks, totaling $1,968 annually, city contribution toward the annual cost of health insurance, $9,111 for Family or $7,534 for Two-Party, city contribution to a 401K plan – 5% of eligible earnings, and enrollment in the City’s pension plan.
If my math is correct, a part-time Commissioner receives close to $70,000 in annual benefits and the Mayor receives close $106,000.