City council gives 1st OK for 2% raises

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.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com