Compensation and Benefits Information

Los Altos City Council members do not receive salaries, nor any post-retirement benefits, but are offered other benefits in exchange for their service. The following outlines compensation and benefits available to the Mayor and Councilmembers. 


Council members are paid a $300 stipend per month for their service on Council as established in the California Government Code.  


Council members are eligible to be reimbursed for certain dental expenses. Council members may be reimbursed up to $1,635 per year; dependent coverage is not provided. This benefit is handled strictly on a reimbursement basis and unused funds are not given to the individual Council member. 


Council members are provided the option to sign up for one of the City’s Health Plans. This is not a requirement but an option. The lowest amount the City contributes per month is $658 and the highest amount per month is $1,636. If the premium exceeds the amount contributed by the City, the individual Council member is responsible to pay the balance. Upon the conclusion of their service, Council members may elect to enter COBRA, but are responsible for all individual costs related to that program.