David Chiu says he will give $2,000 pay raise back

At least one elected official plans to refuse the pay raises the Civil Service Commission granted Monday.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who is running for mayor, told The San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday that he will not accept the salary increase of nearly $2,000. The pay hike would increase his current salary from $96,549 in the current fiscal year to $98,469 for the fiscal beginning July 1.

“I plan to give the raise back,” Chiu said. “While it won’t balance the budget, we need to lead by example during these tough times.”

The City is facing a budget deficit of $306 million and asking city workers to give up more pay to help draw down city pension costs.

The commission is charged with setting the salary levels of elected officials under a voter approved city charter. It factors in cost of living adjustments and concessions made by labor unions.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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