Hobart council OKs tentative 2 percent raise

2013-08-17T19:30:00Z 2013-08-21T20:03:06Z Hobart council OKs tentative 2 percent raiseDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Elected officials and some city employees are in line to receive 2 percent boosts in pay next year.

The City Council last week approved, in an initial reading, a 2 percent raise for 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.

City employees could receive a maximum 2 percent increase under the proposal, city officials said.

A second, final reading on the salary ordinance, will be held at Wednesday's City Council meeting.

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 and Longer, an additional $8,463 from that 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, under the proposal.

The City Council, after considerable discussion, agreed to pay all seven members the same annual amount, $10,451 starting next year.

That's a change from previous years, when the City Council president and finance chairman would receive additional compensation.

Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, was one of the members pushing for equality of pay for council members.

"Each of us should make the same," Mendez said.

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