MUNSTER | A salary ordinance approved Dec. 30 by the Munster Town Council includes a 2 percent pay increase for some elected officials and contracted service providers.
Stipends for some appointed officials, increased monthly stipends for town employees who serve as firefighters and pension contributions also are part of the ordinance, which took effect New Year's Day.
Four of the five Town Council members will now receive $459 biweekly, an increase of 2 percent from 2013. The Town Council president’s salary is now $484.50 biweekly, also a 2 percent increase.
Town Attorney Eugene Feingold also will receive a 2 percent raise and be paid $538.32 biweekly.
Clerk-Treasurer David Shafer’s biweekly salary will remain the same as in 2013 at $3,361.80, according to the ordinance.
Town Manager Tom DeGiulio’s salary isn’t adjusted in January. The next review for DeGiulio will be prior to July 1, 2014.
Members of the Munster Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Park Board each will receive stipends of $600 per year, payable quarterly in arrears.
Board of Safety members will receive a stipend of $600 per year, payable monthly in arrears.
Members of the Munster Nominating Committee and the Fine Arts Committee each will receive a stipend of $50 per meeting attended. The stipend will be paid quarterly in arrears and will not exceed $600 per year, the ordinance states.
Town Council members aren’t entitled to receive additional compensation for service on boards or commissions.
The Police Pension Board secretary will receive an annual stipend of $600, payable monthly.
Munster town employees who serve in daytime firefighter positions will receive greater monthly stipends for 2014.
A $15 increase to $140 per month will be provided for those in the Firefighter I Certified positions. Those in Firefighter II positions and employees in the FFII position for more than one year will receive $10 per month increases to $160 and $185, respectively. The stipend for probationary firefighters will remain at $100 per month.
“The officers’ stipend and hourly rates would be adjusted in July when other rates are increased,” the ordinance states.
The 2014 salary ordinance dealt with various pension contributions.
Munster town employees participating in the Civilian Indiana Public Retirement System will have their 3 percent employee contribution paid by the town.
The ordinance also established the Certified Police Pension base for 2014 at $61,172 plus $2,790 longevity addition for an annual total of about $63,962.
Munster will pay both the town’s and employee’s contributions, totaling 13.2 percent, for program managers and other regular town employees, including paid on-call Fire Department members, not covered by the INPRS or police pension plans.
These amounts will be contributed to a deferred compensation program administered by the town.
In addition, the town will make a $17,500 contribution plus a $5,500 catch-up contribution to DeGiulio’s retirement plan account during 2014.