Council gives initial approval to 1.5 percent raises for city employees

Columbus City Council has given initial approval to a 1.5 percent across-the-board raise for city employees and elected officials in 2017.

The vote was 5-1, with councilman Frank Miller voting no. Councilwoman Laurie Booher did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting.

Jamie Brinegar, the city’s director of finance, explained the city has given a cost-of-living adjustment to city employees in five of the past six years. The proposed 1.5 percent increase exceeds the national consumer price index estimates of 1 percent. The raises will not be tied to performance.

Before the vote, Miller told the council it was difficult to look at a cost-of-living increase for city employees and the possibility of taxpayers paying more when community residents on fixed incomes were not getting an increase.

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