Findlay Council moves ahead on pay raises

An ordinance which would give pay raises to Findlay City Council members, the council president and the city treasurer survived its first reading Tuesday, despite an attempt by Councilman Jeff Wobser, R-At-Large, to delay any raises for council until at least 2020.
Wobser’s motion died for lack of a second at Tuesday’s regular meeting of council.
There was no further discussion on the pay raise issue. The ordinance would require three readings before it can be passed.
Earlier this month, a City Council ad hoc committee recommended a $2,000 hike in the pay of the city treasurer, a part-time position, and a $1,000 salary increase for council members and council president, starting in 2018.
The ordinance also would give the city treasurer a 2 percent pay raise in 2018 and 2019, like other non-union city employees, and again grants a matching pay raise with other city employees in 2020 and 2021.
Non-union employee raises for 2020 and 2021 have yet to be determined.
Council members, including the president, would receive a $1,000 pay increase in 2018, along with the 2 percent raises in 2018 and 2019.
An ordinance which would leave all the salaries at current levels had been tabled by council in a 9-0 vote on Oct. 17, with Councilman John Harrington, R-5, absent.
Under that ordinance, council and the council president’s salaries would remain at $6,068 in 2018 and 2019. The city treasurer’s salary would be set for the next four years, from 2018 to 2021, at the current amount of $6,833 yearly.
Any pay raise ordinance must pass council by Dec. 31 to become effective in the new year.


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