The City Council today approved Mayor Walsh's proposal to increase members' pay almost 14%, to $99,500, starting Jan. 1.
Councilors Ayanna Pressley (at large) Michelle Wu (at large), Charles Yancey (Dorchester) and Josh Zakim (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway) voted against.
Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), who had voted against an earlier pay raise, said he would vote for this raise as a compromise - Council President Bill Linehan has urged a six-figure salary - but said that he and Pressley would file a proposed ordinance to link councilor pay to the average household income of Boston residents going forward.
O'Malley said the whole pay issue, which has dragged out for more than a year, is uncomfortable for councilors and unfair to voters. Pegging council salaries to the what constituents make - as he said the state legislature does - would end that, he said.
The council had initially figured to take no action on Walsh's proposal, which would have made it go into effect automatically, but Councilor Michael Flaherty, whose committee had oversight of the proposal, said he was bringing it to a vote to be fair to residents.