For the past 10 years, the annual salary of the town's first selectman has been unchanged at $101,475.
And it appears whoever is elected the new first selectman in November will be paid same amount.
The Board of Finance, in a 4-0 vote, on Monday recommended keeping it at the same level. The recommendation now goes to the RTM which makes the final determination, most likely at its October meeting.
But even if an pay hike is approved, the two candidates for the town's top elected office say they won't accept it.
Democratic candidate Helen Garten said the time's not right, because of the state of the economy, to approve an increase in the first selectman's salary.
She said that she would not accept any increase in pay. "I'm not doing this for the salary, but because I love Westport," she said of her run for first selectman.
Garten, a member of the finance board, recused herself from Monday's vote.
"This is not the time to be taking an unnecessary financial action, however small it might seem in the overall town budget, to address selectman compensation," Garten's Republican challenger, Jim Marpe, said in a press release.
He said that, if a pay increase is approved, he is "prepared to contribute the amount of that increase to one of the many Westport non-profit organizations" that he is involved with.
Garten and Marpe are vying for the first selectman position held for the past eight years by Gordon Joseloff, who is not seeking re-election.
On Friday, Garten and Marpe will be talking about business growth at a forum sponsored by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce at the Westport Library. The program, which begins at noon, will take place in the library's McManus Room.
Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling the chamber at 203-227-9234.