Bristol mayor's salary set to be same as an MP - £65,738 a year
Bristol mayor George Ferguson is expected to receive the same pay as an MP - £65,738 a year.
An independent panel which was set up to consider the mayor's annual salary recommended the amount to a council meeting in September.
But councillors decided to delay a decision until after the mayor was elected.
They will consider the issue again at a full council meeting on Tuesday.
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Mayoral salaries up and down the country range from £53,151 to £81,029 although two-thirds of them receive between £60,000 and £69,000.
In the run up to the mayoral election, Mr Ferguson was asked for his views on how much he should receive.
He said he would accept what councillors agreed to pay and made clear he would want to be paid in Bristol Pounds - the new local currency which was introduced in the autumn to help independent shops and traders.
After he was elected, Mr Ferguson was asked by the panel for his views on pay.
He replied: "City mayors are worth properly rewarding because of the intensity of the job, the high level of responsibility and positive contribution they make to the prosperity and welfare of the city."
A report by the panel says: "The elected mayor holds office independently of the council and has greater powers vis-à-vis the council in that they only need the support of one third of the councillors to get budgets and policies approved.
"The potential for an elected mayor to utilise the 'soft power' that comes from being elected on a city-wide mandate and high visibility can put the elected mayor in a very strong position.
"The most common comparable post utilised by other reviews of remuneration for elected mayors is that of Westminster MPs, whose salary of £65,738 is also the median remuneration for the 15 English elected mayors currently in post.
"To remunerate the elected mayor at the same level as the current leader is not a viable option as it would mean the elected mayor of Bristol would be the lowest paid elected mayor in England and does not meet the 'fair fit' test."
The council leader, a post which no longer exists now that a mayor has been elected, received about £52,000.
Mr Ferguson's three cabinet members are recommended to receive £21,000 on top of their basic allowance of £11,416, giving them a total of nearly £33,000.