Happy Valley voters reject mayoral stipend
About 58% of Happy Valley voters have chosen to reject a city-charter amendment to pay a $750 monthly stipend to the mayor, according to unofficial May 19 election results.
Mayor Tom Ellis was set to receive the city's first payment in July, according to the terms of the ballot measure intended to reimburse the political leader of Happy Valley for expenses associated with holding the top city office, including transportation costs and office supplies.
Measure details submitted to the county elections office included an annual cost-of-living increase for the mayoral stipend. The proposed charter amendment prohibited the mayor from participating in any budget-committee discussions related to adjusting the monthly stipend.
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