Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

City Council Dials Back Raises ; Boosts Capped under 10 Percent; Most Will See 3 Percent Raise in 2013 Budget

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

City Council Dials Back Raises ; Boosts Capped under 10 Percent; Most Will See 3 Percent Raise in 2013 Budget

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Eleven city of Evansville employees will get large pay raises in 2013, but the amounts were dialed back some on Monday night. The Evansville City Council voted 5-4 to approve raises no larger than 9.9 percent for 11 employees, three of whom work in Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's office.

Under the previous proposal before the council, some of those 11 raises were more than 20 percent.

All other city employees are to receive 3 percent raises, although the council eliminated their own pay hikes, as well as Winnecke's.

Councilman Dan McGinn, R- 1st Ward, proposed amending the 2013 salary ordinance to limit the 11 salaries in question to raises of no more than 9.9 percent.

McGinn's amendment, which passed on a 5-4 vote, places the mayor's communications director salary at $40,901; his chief of staff at $70,136; and his executive assistant at $38,450. Those are totals with 9.9 percent raises.

An internal auditor is to make $47,146 - a 9.9 percent raise, while an account clerk's pay will be bumped 6 percent, to $30,464.

Raises of 9.9 percent will go to a project manager in the Department of Metropolitan Development ($48,880), a deputy director in Administrative Services ($45,782), a payroll supervisor in Administrative Services ($46,123), a staff account in the Water & Sewer Utility ($45,736) and a project manager in the Building Commissioner's office ($39,409).

A Levee Authority supervisor will see a 4.2-percent raise, to $49,588.

The salary issue was contentious during prior council discussions on next year's budget. Members on both sides were vocal about the issue Monday night. McGinn said he viewed his amendment as a compromise.

Council members Connie Robinson, John Friend, Jonathan Weaver and Conor O'Daniel sided with McGinn, while Dan Adams, Al Lindsey, Missy Mosby and Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley voted in opposition. Earlier in the meeting, an Adams amendment to limit all city salary increases for 2013 to 3 percent was defeated, 5-4, along the same voting lines.

Adams, D-At Large, said he spoke to numerous city employees and other constituents who objected to some employees getting larger pay bumps than others.

"I think it's kind of a shame those other city departments didn't have any stars in them," Adams said. …

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