PALM DESERT, Calif. -

An ad-hoc committee in Palm Desert is ready to recommend a pay cut of more than 50% for city council members.

Currently, Palm Desert City Council members are paid the highest salaries in the Coachella Valley at more than $45,000 a year.  The committee is recommending a salary of $22,500 a year.  Medical and other benefits would be capped at $7,500 a year.

The committee made its decision after hearing public input at a meeting Thursday night.  It will meet again August 1 to finalize its work. 

The Palm Desert City Council will then decide whether to adopt the committee's recommendation.