WATERLOO — The mayor and Metropolis Council members will get pay raises this yr whether or not or not they need or deserve them.
The entire metropolis of Waterloo’s elected officers are slated to obtain 2.32% raises July 1 beneath a 2005 ordinance tying their compensation to the patron value index.
Council members may vote to alter the ordinance and take away these automated pay hikes. However Iowa regulation requires any change within the compensation of a municipal elected official to take impact the yr after a metropolis election.
For instance, a majority of council members in October voted to spice up the mayor’s wage from $87,455 to $94,000. There was an election in November, and that pay fee took impact Jan. 1.
The brand new CPI raises will elevate the mayor’s wage to $96,181 on July 1, in accordance with Chief Monetary Officer Michelle Weidner. The seven council members will see their pay develop from $9,272 to $9,487 a yr.
The raises are lower than these budgeted for metropolis workers subsequent yr.
Most cops and firefighters will see 3% raises July 1 beneath their collective bargaining agreements, whereas different unionized workers will see simply 2.5% boosts beneath their contracts.
Whereas the mayor and council raises symbolize very small quantities within the general metropolis finances, they could be a flash level for residents upset about potential tax will increase. That’s why a residents’ committee in 2005 really useful taking it out of the political area and tying it to the CPI.