The annual salaries of Rockville's part-time Council members and mayor would double next year - to $3,600 and $4,800, respectively - under a bill introduced by freshman Councilwoman Phyllis Fordham.
The salary increase, the first since 1963, would raise the salaries of the four Council members from their current level of $1,800 and raise the salary of the mayor from its present level of $2,400, according to Sue Patterson, public information officer for the city. A vote on the proposal is not expected soon, Patterson said.
At a hearing, one speaker in opposition to the salary increases was Harry Brozofsky. After a meeting he said, "They (the Council members and mayor) didn't mention salary increases when they campaigned for office last year. Why are they bringing it up now?"
Brozofsky added that his anger was also based on the fact that the Council did not renew the city's rent control law when it expired in December. Therefore, the officeholders should not have their salaries increased when renters like himself were subject to potentially drastic rent increases, he said.
"Why do they need more money? It's only a part-time job," he said.
One speaker in favor of the pay hike was Robert Talbott, who ran unsuccessfully for the Council in 1972. "If the stipend were better we might attract more people into running for office," he said later.
"Not necessarily better people, but just more of them, which we need. When you think about the amount of time they spend on their jobs, then the increase is worth it," he said.
According to information officer Patterson the four Council members. John Freeland, Richard Haitht, Robert Buchanan and Phyllis Fordham - and the mayor, William E. Hanna Jr., each spend "at least 20 hours a week at their job."
The time is spent mostly in the evenings, attending public hearings, from 8 p.m. until midnight once a week, as well as the Council of Governments, she said.
Members do not receive travel expenses, which they must pay out of their own pockets. Members do not receive pensions or retirement benefits from their city work, she added.
In December 1970, an ad hoc committee was formed to make recommendations regarding the salary structure, Patterson said. That report was completed in 1971, although no action was taken on its recommendations until last year, she said.
The proposed doubling of salaries follows a Rockville tradition. In [WORD ILLEGIBLE] salaries were doubled from $900 annually for the Council and $1,200 for the mayor, to their current levels, she said.
If the salary increases are approved they would not take effect until 1978.