Carmel City Council moves salary proposals to finance committee

Proposed salary increases for elected officials and city employees in Carmel won’t be voted on until later this month.

The Carmel City Council on Monday night opted to send the proposals to the council’s finance committee for discussion when it meets Oct. 10.

As a result of a salary survey that compared Carmel employees to government workers in other cities, wages could increase next year anywhere from 2.06 percent to 18 percent, depending on the position.

The adjustment is even more significant for elected officials. Mayor Jim Brainard’s annual salary could jump 40 percent, to $179,344, making him the highest paid mayor in the state. Council members could see a 28 percent increase and the city judge could earn 20 percent.

The only elected official not in line for a double-digit percentage boost is Clerk-Treasurer Christine Pauley, who is accusing the council of discriminating against her by suggesting only a 2 percent raise, to $106,749.

A duplicate of a proposed salary ordinance for elected officials that would have increased the salary for clerk-treasurer to $129,206 was on the council’s agenda, but it didn’t receive enough support to be introduced for discussion. The finance committee will instead discuss a proposal that puts the clerk-treasurer’s pay at $106,749 .

None of the council members commented on the salary proposals Monday night.

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