Zanesville City Council voted to give elected city officials a pay raise, while disregarding themselves.
The emergency ordinance will increase the salaries of incoming Mayor Jeff Tilton as well as current city auditor, law director and treasurer. The elected officials will receive a 2.5% pay increase over the course of the next four years. The ordinance was originally proposed by Treasurer Paul DuBeck Jr.
"This was done on my own , the mayor-elect and the council-elect people, as well as the current council people, as well as the current mayor had no idea I was going to do this," expressed DuBeck.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, elected officials can only request the pay raise every four years. If not passed immediately all elected officials would continue at their current pay rate.
Councilman David Tarbert said compared to other cities with similar economic conditions and population size, the City of Zanesville
council members currently receive comparable pay, however the other four elected positions currently receive below average salaries.
"I think the more we pay a position, at least the logic holds, the more candidates we will encourage to run for that position and the more qualified those candidates will be," said Tarbert.
The pay increase will be effective at the beginning of the year.
In other council news, council approved the redistricted street and property boundaries for their wards and approved a new three-year labor agreement with firefighters represented by Local 88 of the International Association of Fire Fighters .