City employees are on track to receive 2 percent raises in 2018.
Columbus City Council members gave their initial approval in a 6-0 vote Tuesday to an ordinance that would provide 450 city employees a salary increase. City Councilman Dascal Bunch was not in council chambers when voting took place.
The council also gave its initial approval in a 5-2 vote to provide a 2 salary increase to Mayor Jim Lienhoop and Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer next year, but not for council members themselves. Councilmen Frank Jerome and Frank Miller had voted against the proposal.
A final vote on the pair of salary ordinances is planned during the council’s Sept. 19 meeting.
City Councilman Tim Shuffett told council members he wanted to see the results of a city compensation study before voting on raises. But the salary study, which began in the spring, won’t be completed until December, said Mary Ferdon, executive director of administration and community development.
City employees received a 1.5 percent raise during the 2017 budget year, after being granted 2 percent raises for three straight years starting in 2014.
City workers received 3 percent raises in 2012 and 2013.