Council Approves Pay Hikes, Amends Tax Break
Columbus City Council members last night without comment approved pay raises for themselves as well as the city attorney, city auditor and mayor.
The legislation boosts their salaries by three-percent in 2016. That means council members will make 55 thousand dollars a year, the city attorney and auditor will make 177 thousand 500 dollars a year, and the mayor will make 192 thousand dollars a year. Officials say the increases are in line with those given to Columbus police officers and firefighters, but less than the five-percent raises the elected leaders will get in 2014 and 2015. Council also voted to amend a tax incentive agreement with Cassady Gateway Partners and Mid Ohio Oncology/Hematology incorporated. Columbus Development Director Steve Schoeny says the company failed to create the jobs required under the agreement.
Schoeny says in 2006, Cassady Gateway Partners and Mid Ohio Oncology/Hematology got a ten year, 50 percent tax abatement to create 80 new jobs.