There is a lengthy discussion about the size of towns, but not what their annual budget is. I would think the latter would be a larger influence on an elected official's salary. There's also very little mention of a town or city's cost of living.
The biggest proponent of the increase was David Ryan, Vincent's opponent in the last election.
Ryan said he doubts he will run for first selectman again, but as chairman of the Democratic town committee he is responsible for helping to find a candidate to run in this affluent, solidly Republican town. A good salary attracts better candidates, he said, especially considering the cost of living in Simsbury and the lack of job security inherent in politics.
He has a point. When it comes to compensation any organization is going to get what they pay for. I also wonder if a higher starting salary would encourage potential candidates who are less affluent to run for office.
Spencer, Mark. "First Selectman's Salary Reaches Big-City Level". Hartford Courant. 07/02/2006