MISHAWAKA - In a 7-0 vote Monday, the Mishawaka Common Council approved 2½ percent raises for all elected officials and for city employees whose salaries aren’t negotiated through a union.
The raises would take effect in 2012.
But the council postponed voting on the part of the proposed 2012 city budget that’s financed by the County Economic Development Income Tax. The council plans to vote on that Oct. 17, when it’s also slated to vote on the 2012 budget as a whole.
Apart from Mayor Dave Wood, nobody spoke at the public hearing Monday on the $47.7 million budget for 2012 and the estimated 3 percent rise in the tax rate.
Council member Gregg Hixenbaugh, D-at large, who isn’t seeking re-election this fall, suggested the city look into an extra half-percent raise for city workers since firefighters are getting that much extra in their raises this year. That raise was negotiated by the firefighters union and the council last year.