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Michigan City City Hall

MICHIGAN CITY — City Council President Don Przybylinski told his fellow councilmen he doesn’t want a pay raise next year.

“I didn’t get onto the City Council for the raise,” Przybylinski, D-At-Large, said recently.

A salary ordinance under consideration would set council members’ salary at $14,409, a 2 percent increase over 2018.

Mayor Ron Meer’s salary would be $78,623.57 in 2019.

Former councilman Paul Przybylinski said the provision of a municipal car for the mayor should be reflected in the salary ordinance.

“That is a benefit, and that somehow should be put into the picture,” he said.

Paul Przybylinski is the only member of the public who spoke at the hearings for the salary ordinances.

The city clerk’s salary would be $51,524.12.

The salaries for the mayor and clerk include money from both the general fund and the sanitary district operating fund.

Among other proposed salaries are controller, $58,637.89; plan director, $56,522.50; personnel director, $53,594.72; transit director, $49,176.75; city engineer, $64,627.77; human rights director, $51,524.12; fire chief, $67,058.58; police chief, $71,309.36; central services superintendent, $59,969.75; street department director, $49,176.74; Barker Civic Center director, $49,176.75; airport manager, $51,524.12; cemetery superintendent, $60,047.40; park superintendent, $68,640.39; Michigan City Promise scholarship director, $51,524.12.

The council also is considering a 2019 budget of $52.3 million, with $23.3 million of that amount coming from property taxes.

In other action, the council approved adding to the list of properties that might be considered by the city’s Redevelopment Commission for economic development purposes.

State law requires a property to be included on an acquisition list approved by the City Council before the RDC can submit an offer to purchase the parcel.

“This does not mean we’re going to take your property,” RDC attorney Alan Sirinek said.

“It could be now, could be 10 years from now” or not at all, Sirinek said.

These parcels, primarily commercial or industrial, are within the newly expanded tax increment financing district, Planning and Redevelopment Director Craig Phillips said.

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