ROCKLAND — Rockland residents will get to decide several questions when they go to the polls Nov. 2.

One would ask voters if they would amend the city charter to increase the annual pay for City Councilors from $800 to $4,000. The pay for the mayor would increase from $1,000 to $4,500.

The City Council voted 5-0 at its Sept. 13 meeting to place the charter change before voters.

The pay would then increase annually by the cost-of-living index starting July 1, 2022. The current pay was set in 1980, when voters approved revisions to the Rockland Charter.

The Bureau of Labor Services reports the cost of living increased 331% since 1980, meaning that $1,000 in 1980 would be worth $3,310 today.

Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf said the job consumes more time than it did years ago with the many workshops held to gather public input on issues. She said the work of the council matters.

Councilor Sarah Austin said increasing the pay will allow a more diverse group of people to serve.

Mayor Ed Glaser said he supports placing it before voters but he will vote against it at the polls, saying this was not the time to ask taxpayers who are hurting to spend more money on councilors.

The last time a pay hike for councilors was proposed in Rockland was in 2002. In that year, voters rejected a charter referendum by a 1,419 to 715 vote that would have increased councilors pay to $2,000, with the mayor getting $2,500.

In addition to the proposed charter change, Councilors voted Sept. 13 to place an advisory referendum before voters concerning housing.

The question reads: Do you support amending Rockland’s zoning regulations to allow smaller, more efficient, more affordable dwellings?

The City Council has been looking at ways to address the growing crisis of the lack of affordable housing.

Davis said current zoning is ridiculous. The City Council had to negotiate a contract zone with Mid-Coast Habitat for Humanity, he noted, to allow the Philbrook Avenue housing project to go ahead, but the homes were smaller than what zoning allows.

The contract zone was needed because the 12 lots did not meet the road frontage requirement of 80 feet per parcel, nor would each home meet the 750-square-foot minimum house size. Davis noted there are apartments of 250 square feet allowed in the downtown zone.

At the Sept. 13 meeting, the Council also gave preliminary approval to an “inclusionary” zoning ordinance. This ordinance would require developers of larger residential developments to set aside a certain percentage of the units as affordable based on the median income of the community.

The proposed ordinance would cover any new construction or substantial renovation to six or more residential units. Twenty percent of the units would need to be affordable for workforce housing.

Developers could pay a a fee of $150,000 per unit to the city in lieu of providing the affordable housing units.

Developers of hotels would be required to set aside one affordable housing unit for every 10 rooms they plan to build. Hotel developers could pay $5,000 in lieu of an affordable unit.

Under the proposed ordinance, affordable is defined as the monthly mortgage payment not exceeding 30 percent of a median household income.

A formal public hearing and final vote on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13. Mayor Ed Glaser said he would like to schedule a workshop on the ordinance prior to that Oct. 13 meeting.