Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva Reacts to Major Pay Cut

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The City of Stockton is set to save their taxpayers almost $70,000 a year, but the cost of saving came with high drama as city officials debated for months about slashing the mayor and city council's salaries.

Mayor Anthony Silva has often been the City of Stockton's cheerleader known for his passionate and colorful statements about the 300,000 people he leads.

"Well, I mean, you know it's a little bit sad, but you know, I got to pick myself back up and move forward," Silva said.

On Wednesday, the mayor was calm, yet disappointed after city council voted to slash his salary by 30 percent -- bringing his six figure paycheck down to $72,000 a year.

"I'll probably have to get another part-time job to be truthfully honest," he said.

Shellie Lima, the chair for the city's salary setting commission, who said they considered many factors before deciding on the salary slash.

She claimed since the city's rise from bankruptcy, the city's budget was slashed by $509 million.

Lima said they looked at other cities with full-time and part-time mayors. Silva is full-time.

For instance, Modesto's part-time Mayor makes $43,000 a year serving a population of about 200,000 people.

For Bakersfield's full-time mayor, which has a larger population than Stockton, their city's leader can expect to take $24,000 home.

"It's water under the bridge now. So there's really not much to talk about. All I can do is concentrate on making my city better," Silva said.

He said he'll be making adjustments to brace for the impact.

The city council also voted to slash their own salaries by 20 percent.

Part-time council members are making about $23,000 a year. Beginning July 1, they'll take home a paycheck just shy of $17,000.