The Salary Commission is an independent commission periodically formed to review and establish the salaries of members of the Bellingham City Council. The Salary Commission is a limited-term commission, each commission forming once every eight years and disbanding after its work is complete, in accordance with BMC 2.98.020. Commission members are selected by the Mayor and confirmed by the Bellingham City Council. Each seated commission is anticipated to meet for up to six months, with extended time as needed.
The direction of the Salary Commission is final. Bellingham City Council member salary guidance established by the Salary Commission becomes effective and incorporated into the City budget by the Finance Director with no further action by the Salary Commission or the Bellingham City Council.