December 9, 2019

Pay Raise For Indy Council Pulled For Now

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The Indianapolis City-County Council did not hear a proposal to give council members raises Monday night. There was a late decision to pull it at the last full council meeting of the year.  

The proposal would have roughly doubled pay for councilors over the next two years -- from just more than $11,000 to just more than $25,000. 

Council President Vop Osili tabled the measure before the meeting, saying the council would reconsider in 2020.

"It’s an important issue and we’ll have supermajority," Osili said. "I look forward to that."

Democrats will outnumber Republicans 20-5 when this proposal is taken up again next year.

The proposal received some push back when it was introduced last month, from Mayor Joe Hogsett and some council members.  Republican Brian Mowery says there are other city employees who deserve a raise more. 

"I think this is a little self-serving to do it for ourselves. We all knew the salary, we knew the title, we knew the job when we came into this," Mowery said. 

Council members haven’t received a pay raise since 2002.

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