MISHAWAKA -- On Monday, the Mishawaka Common Council delayed its vote on proposed raises for several city employees until its meeting on Sept. 17.
Council President John Roggeman, D-at large, explained that, before voting on salaries, the council typically likes to first go over the next year's budget in council committee meetings with the city's department heads.
Those meetings will likely be scheduled for next week.
The salaries are part of next year's budget, which the council just received last week.
Mayor Dave Wood is proposing to raise salaries for a range of city employees by 2 percent in 2013 and 11/2 percent in 2014. The raises don't cover city park staff and workers who belong to unions, such as police, firefighters, dispatchers and street, electrical and sewer workers. But Wood has suggested similar raises for them, too.
A separate measure calls for 2 percent raises next year for elected officials, including the mayor, city clerk and council members.
The council must approve salaries by the end of September.
As for the 2013 city budget, there will be a public hearing at the council's Oct. 1 meeting, and it's scheduled to come back to the council for a vote on Oct. 15.
Staff writer Joseph Dits: