Mayor Anthony Silva campaigned on the promise he would not take the Mayors salary, but now he says the city attorney informed him he’ll have to still pay taxes on it even though he has never touched the money.
At a time when Stockton was filing for bankruptcy, Silva — then a candidate — promised he wouldn’t take the mayor’s salary until a balanced budget was presented and the streets of Stockton were safer.
“The budget workshops have been held and we will approve the budget this month and I think Stocktonians would agree by far that crime has gotten much better,” said Silva.
Mayor Silva said the greatest pressure to take the money came from city government, who said he will have to pay taxes on the salary event though he has never touched a dime.
“They also want me to sing a waiver waiving any retroactive pay and it would disappear somewhere in the city coffers,” said Silva.
All money Silva did not take as of January 1st, an estimated $18,500, he has chosen to donate to local charity.
“People are still texting me and emailing if I would consider them in the charity pool, so every few months I am going to make some donations. I think it is a win win for everyone. This way I am paying my taxes and no one can come back and get me later,” said Silva