COLORADO SPRINGS – City Council members will likely vote today on increasing the salary for Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers by almost $11,000. It’s all part of what’s called for in the city charter since the creation of the council-mayor form of government 8 years ago.
Every 4 years (at the start of a new term), the council shall increase the salary based on information from the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- 2011 – $96,000
- 2015 – $103,370
- 2019 (proposed) – $114,159
The data used for the determination of the salary comes from the consumer price index for the region including Denver, Aurora and Lakewood. The current CPI is 261.958.
Here’s the formula:
((‘2018 annual CPI-U’ – ‘2014 annual CPI-U’) / ‘2014 annual CPI-U) x ‘current annual salary’ = dollar amount of ‘increase in annual salary’
((261.958 – 237.200) / 237.200) x $103.370 = $10,789 increase in salary.
Mayor John Suthers was elected to his second term in office in April. He says the campaign was his last for public office. ”Age wise, at the end of this, I’ll be 71. I like sleeping in my own bed at night, all that kind of stuff, so I just, to be perfectly honest, I just don’t see that.”
The mayor has run a half dozen times for various political office, but told us that he turned down a chance to run for Governor of Colorado when he was State Attorney General.