The Lynwood City Council has tentatively approved a $325-a-month car allowance raise for each of its five members. The raise is retroactive to Jan. 1.
By a unanimous vote, the council passed on its first reading an ordinance that increases the allowance from $175 a month to $500. The council is expected to give final approval Tuesday. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after final passage.
The city relied on information from the Automobile Club of Southern California that indicated the cost to operate a mid-size car was almost $6,000 a year, Assistant City Manager Don Fraser said.
The council's last car allowance increase was in 1983. In addition to the car allowance, council members receive $500 a month in salary.