City-County Council members approve pay raise

Indianapolis City-County Council members voted Monday night to give themselves their first pay hike since 2002.

The 44 percent raise would start Jan. 1, after the newly elected council takes office. It would lift each member’s annual base pay from $11,400 to $16,400.

Council members voted 16-13 in favor of the raise.

Members of the council also receive $112 for each regular council meeting they attend (up to 21 per year) and $62 for each committee meeting they attend (up to 40 per year). Members can receive additional pay for serving in leadership roles.

The proposal was sponsored by Mary Moriarty Adams, a Democrat who leaves office after this month.

Moriarty Adams originally proposed raising the mayor's salary from $95,000 to $125,000 annually but ditched that part of the ordinance after outgoing Mayor Greg Ballard and Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett opposed it.

The pay raise for council members isn't a done deal. Ballard can still veto the ordinance before he leaves office.

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