is discussing the prospect of increasing its staff.
Currently, the nine-member Council has a budget for five helpers, including an administrator.
In a Feb 23 e-mail to his colleagues, Councilor Don Knight says he's interested in expanding that staff:
As I talked to other Council members from around the country, I could not help but notice how many of them have aides or staff assigned directly to them. Attached is a spreadsheet that [Council staffer] Bethany did for me showing cities above and below our population as well as four Colorado Cities.
While the Mayor has talked about a Charter review committee to include the possibility of raising Council salaries, I am now leaning more towards using any new found dollars to increase our staff first before our salaries.
The chart he's referring to can be found here:
This chart shows, for example, that Albuquerque's nine members have 16 staff, and New Orleans' has 44. In Denver, 24 aides work for the 13-member City Council. Pueblo, on the other hand, has three staffers for seven Council members.
Here, though, Council members are considered part-time and are paid only $6,250 a year, despite a schedule like this one:
As we speak,