Mishawaka City Council examines pay raises for city employees

An attempt to give Mishawaka city employees raises was tabled at Mishawaka's city council meeting.

Tuesday night the council tabled an ordinance that would give raises to non-union employees by 2 percent for 2013 and one and half percent in 2014.

Every year the city council reviews the budget and believes a small raise is sustainable.

The Mishawaka City Council voted to further examine their budget before voting.

Although it's a separate issue from the vote, the mayor says health insurance costs are expected to go up for city employees.

“We think it's a modest increase,” says Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood. “We think it's a very sustainable increase. We find ourselves in a decent budget condition we have made in the past years, so we're not asking for mega raises but recognition for public service they provide.”

Seven collectable bargaining unions won't be included in the raises like police, fire, and park employees in the proposal.

The council has until the end of the month to approve this ordinance. It will be examining the proposal again at the next meeting on the 17th.

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