Pew Council Study 2011

The Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative has just released a comparative study of Philadelphia's City Council and the legislative bodies of 14 other major cities.

Among the findings:

- Philadelphia's Council has the longest average tenure for members (15.5 years);
- The average cost-per-member - $1.1 million per year - places Philadelphia sixth;
- The average salary for Council members - $127,107 - places Philadelphia fourth;
- Philadelphia's Council takes the longest summer break (12 weeks off).

To see more about what Pew found, please click here.

For the Committee of Seventy's resources on City Council and the important 2011 municipal elections, please see our Battle for City Council pages.

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