Yakima is in position to shell out a lot of money to land the man wanted for the next city manager. A proposed contract up for debate would pay Anthony O'Rourke $175,000 a year, plus money for travel and a phone. O'Rourke makes the same salary now in South Lake Tahoe.

That is $20,000 more than previous City Manager Don Cooper and $35,000 more than long-time city manager Dick Zais. If O’Rourke accepts the contract he is expected to start July 1.