Here's how pensions work for Baltimore City Council and mayor. For every year of service you build credit for a life annuity worth 2.5 percent of your final salary. Dixon joined City Council in 1988, so she's been in elected service for 22 years. 22 x 2.5 percent is 55 percent. 55 percent of her salary of $151,700 is $83,435 a year. And that will surely go up: There's a provision that the Baltimore pensions keep up with the pay of whatever office the pensioner vacated. So if the next mayor's salary goes up to $170,000, Dixon's annuity will go up to 55 percent of THAT, or $93,500.