When establishing salaries and benefits, the City Council strives to maintain affordability while ensuring that employees are fairly compensated for the work that they do. In general, La Palma employee salaries and total benefits tend to be below Orange County averages. The
California State Controller
also maintains a website, which contains a
large database of government compensations
; including La Palma's compensation data.
City Council Member Compensation
La Palma City Council member
receives a monthly salary of $300, as specified by
La Palma Municipal Code Section 2-6
. Like other part-time staff, Council Members are also enrolled in a 414h type of of retirement benefit (similar to a 401k), with the Council Member paying 3.75% of their salary and the City matching that contribution. While Council Members receive a small life insurance benefit ($10,000), they do not receive health insurance benefits. Please note that some Council members receive additional compensation from regional committees that they are appointed to – for example,
OC Fire Authority
OC Sanitation District
, and the
OC Vector Control District
. The compensation rates for sitting on those committees are set and paid for by those agencies.
Because the City Council has consistently been responsible with the public’s money, the City Council has a policy of maintaining a General Fund Reserve – the City’s “rainy day fund” – in excess of 100% of ongoing operating expenditures. The public is encouraged to review a variety of La Palma financial documents on the City’s
web page. These documents include the City's current adopted Budget, previous year’s budgets, and several years worth of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).
The City of La Palma wants residents to be fully informed about their local government. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about any of the City’s financial or labor documents, please contact the Administrative Services Department at
or call (714) 690-3333.