City of Framingham Submits Form For 25% Pay Cut to Councilors, Despite Vote Against It

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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham submitted paperwork to reduce the salary of each of the 11 City Councilors by 25 percent, despite the fact that the Council rejected the proposal during the budget process. The salary reduction was not approved for fiscal year 2021.

During the Fiscal Year 2021 budget process, at-large City Councilor Janet Leombruno had proposed a 25% budget cut for each Councilor’s $5,000 annual stipend. The proposal also would cut the chair’s $7,500 stipend by 25%.

The Finance subcommittee supported the motion 4-1, with Councilors Leombruno, chair George King Jr., Finance Subcommittee Chair Adam Steiner, and District 4 Councilor Cannon in support.

But when the motion came before the full 11-member City Council in June, it was rejected by the majority overwhelmingly.

But today, August 4, the City’s payroll administrator said she “just received the action forms to reduce their salary.”

An email was sent by the payroll administrator to the City Councilors to let them know that since they “voted to take a 25% reduction on their stipend pay effective 7/1/2020,” she would be adjusting their two checks in August, as she paid the Councilors their full amount in July.

It is not known at this time, who submitted the action forms to the City’s payroll administrator.

Each Councilor received two checks for $104.16 in July, with the chair receiving checks of $156.24.

“I have updated the salaries to the 25% reduction and will be taking back the over payment across the two checks in August,” wrote the City of Framingham payroll administrator today to the Council.

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