Council OK’s 2.5% raises for city employees

All Seymour elected officials and city employees likely will receive a 2.5 percent pay raise in 2017.

Seymour City Council voted 5-1 to approve salary ordinances presented during a meeting Monday night.

Councilman Matt Nicholson was the only one to vote against the ordinances. Councilman Shawn Malone was absent.

The ordinances will be presented for a final vote Oct. 24.

After Monday’s meeting, Nicholson said he didn’t feel council members needed more money for the job they were elected to do.

With the increase, all seven city council members will receive $5,841 in 2017 or $142 more than 2016 for a total of $40,887. They also receive $100 longevity pay for each year they are on the council.

Nicholson said Mayor Craig Luedeman and Clerk-Treasurer Fred Lewis should receive a raise because they are full time, but not council members.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.