Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will not veto legislation that awards a series of raises totaling 28 percent to council members who take office after the 2014 elections, his spokesman said Thursday.
Leggett said this week that he was contemplating a rare veto because he thought the compensation package, recommended by a citizens panel, was excessive.With a previously approved living cost adjustment effective in December, council members’ pay would rise to a projected $136,258 by 2017 . Leggett said he thought the council should have confined itself to annual cost of living adjustments totaling a projected 11 percent. Leggett took the same position on a smaller raise the panel recommended for the county executive’s office, which will grow the position’s salary from $180,250 to $207,211 by 2017.
Several council members expressed displeasure with Leggett, who voted for three pay increases when he sat on the council from 1986 to 2002.
A veto would have been largely symbolic in any event. The bill passed by an 8 to 1 margin, and a council override requires only six votes.
“He’s made his point,” said Patrick Lacefield, Leggett’s spokesman.
The measure, which Leggett will also not sign, becomes law automatically next week.