Hobart council delays vote on city employee raises

2013-08-22T21:30:00Z 2013-09-04T19:39:05Z Hobart council delays vote on city employee raisesDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The City Council took a pass Wednesday on granting final approval to pay raises for elected officials and city employees next year.

More discussion is needed about the salary ordinance for positions in the Fire and Police departments, said Councilman Matt Claussen, D-at large.

"We still need to figure out how to word the positions of master patrol and master firefighter," Claussen said.

He said city officials have until mid-October to approve salary ordinances for 2014.

Claussen, who serves as Finance Committee Chairman, said the council is still on board to give 2 percent raises to elected officials and city employees starting next year.

It's been about three years since city employees have had a raise, Claussen said.

The lifting of the tax levy would allow the City Council to provide raises in 2014, Claussen said.

The City Council earlier this month initially approved providing a 2 percent raise for city employees and elected officials, including the mayor, clerk-treasurer, city judge and council members.

The two Board of Public Works members, who are appointed by the mayor, also will receive a 2 percent increase under the proposal.

Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said the proposed increase would bring Mayor Brian Snedecor's base salary up to $63,240 and hers to $62,730.

Snedecor also receives an additional $8,216 compensation from the municipal utilities fund. Longer gets an additional $8,463 from the same fund.

Under the proposed increase, the salary of City Judge William Longer would be $50,506.

The two Board of Public Works members each would receive $6,989 from the municipal utilities fund.

The City Council would receive the same annual amount: $10,451 starting next year.

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