Hobart council OKs 2 percent raises in 2014

2013-09-05T00:00:00Z 2013-10-02T19:22:19Z Hobart council OKs 2 percent raises in 2014Deborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | The City Council gave final approval Wednesday to pay raises for elected officials and employees next year.

Elected officials will receive 2 percent raises in 2014 while Hobart city employees will receive raises of up to 2 percent.

The City Council last month gave initial approval of the increases but tabled final approval pending further discussion about the wording of some positions in the Fire and Police departments.

Those issues were resolved, City Councilman John Brezik, D-4th, said.

It's been about three years since city employees have had a raise, City Councilman Matt Claussen, D-at-large, said.

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

Claussen serves as chairman of the Finance Committee.

Elected officials receiving the raise include the mayor, the clerk-treasurer, the city judge and City Council members.

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

Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said the 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 increase, the salary of City Judge William Longer will be $50,506.

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

City Council members, with the increase, will each receive $10,451 starting next year.

The council members agreed each would be paid the same salary with no increases for those members serving as president or Finance Committee chairman.

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