BARBERTON: City Council this week approved raises for some city employees.
By a vote of 6-2, council agreed to increase the salaries of the mayor, finance director and law director by more than 10 percent over the next four years.
Now through 2019, the mayor’s salary will grow from $82,186 to $90,740; finance director from $76,558 to $84,527; and law director from $73,179 to $80,796.
Council members John Lysenko and Gary Endres voted against the raises. Lysenko said the raises amount to $112,000 over four years, money he would rather see used to restore some unfilled positions.
After debate in committee, the same legislation was amended to provide no raises for City Council, which will remain at $12,000 per year for ward and at-large members, and $15,500 for council president.
By a vote of 7-1 (Lysenko opposing), council also approved an annual raise for non-bargaining positions, retroactive to Jan. 1. Those in pay grades where the minimum starting salary is $38,000 or less will see a raise of 2 percent; those in higher pay grades will see a 1 percent increase.