A story at U-T San Diego compares payments received by East County city councilmembers, and it shows Santee's elected representatives have the highest monthly salary.
Santee councilmembers receive $1,529 each month, after voting themselves a five percent pay raise in October, compared to $1,434 for El Cajon councilmembers, $1,000 in La Mesa, and $705 in Lemon Grove.
Lemon Grove City Council recently voted to deny themselves a pay raise, saying it wasn't right to do so until city employees received a raise, according to U-T San Diego.
Santee councilmember pay will rise to $1,605.94 in July 2014. The Mayor earns an extra $1,048.16 per month. They also receive a $300 per month car allowance.
El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove councilmembers can claim a $450, $350 and $150 car allowance each month (respectively).