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NOT A DONE DEAL: Mayor's raise still debated at Tuesday night's city council meeting

December 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2012 salary for elected officials – specifically a raise in the mayor’s pay – dominated Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council.
Mayor James Fleck advocated a change to the salary at the previous meeting, which he hopes will put the position of mayor on the same pay-grade as that of department heads.
The original alteration called for over $7,228 to be added to the mayor’s salary, raising the annual salary from $54,132 currently to $61,360.
By the end of the meeting, that figure had changed to $2,500 and was passed for a second reading.
Councilman Donald Sexton said though the original one-time 13 percent hike in pay was knocked down to roughly 4.5 percent, he still believed it was too high of a number.
Sexton said even a 3 percent raise was generous enough, but wondered if that was even necessary.
Councilman Walt Crowder said it was important to acknowledge that only one-fifth of the raise is paid by taxpayers, citing the four utilities that comprise the rest of the funding.
The council voted and the motion carried 4-1 to approve the second reading and move it on to further discussion and a final vote.
Sexton was the lone vote against.
Third and final reading – and approval – is scheduled for the Dec. 27 meeting of Columbia City Common Council.

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