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City council to consider pay raises for council members and mayor, tying future increases with city employee raises

MADISON – The Madison City Council will decide later this month on pay raises for the city council and mayor beginning in Nov. 2020.

Next year is an election year for city offices, which means it is time for the city council to set the pay for the next term of the city council and mayor.

The salary for the mayor’s office will be set at $109,000 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, a 2.6% increase.

Increases for the remaining fiscal years (FY 2021-2022, FY 2022-2023, and FY 2023-2024) will be granted each fiscal year in which regular city employees receive an increase, at the same percentage employees receive an increase, not to exceed 3%.

The salaries for the city council members will be set at $16,600 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, with the council president receiving $150 extra. That is a 2.7% increase.

The city council will also receive pay raises each year the regular city employees receive an increase, not to exceed 3%.

While pay raises for the mayor, city council members and employees are nothing new as the city has increased, Madison Mayor Paul Finley said the main change is tying the pay raises for city officials to employees. If there is a year where the employees do not get a raise, neither does the mayor or city council.

The city council heard a first reading of the salary ordinance for the city officials this week. They vote whether to approve it on Oct. 28.

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