Omaha City Council members will soon consider a proposal to freeze their wage rates — and that of the mayor — from 2015 through 2018.
Council members said an ordinance to set the salaries would first appear on the agenda for Tuesday's council meeting and likely will be set for a vote in April, a few weeks before the city's May 14 general election.
Council President Thomas Mulligan said the proposal represented “the right thing to do.”
“We're setting a good example here,” he said. “We need to keep our costs under control.”
“We should continue to lead by example,” Councilman Pete Festersen said.
“It's symbolic, but an indication of our commitment to continue addressing the city's financial challenges.”
Currently, according to the city budget, the mayor's salary is set at $110,369.
The council president is budgeted for a $43,547 salary this year, while council members each receive a $36,289 annual salary.
Council members' salaries will increase to $37,378 next year. The council president is in line to receive $44,853, and the mayor, $113,680. Those amounts, set by a previous council, would remain intact through 2018 under the new proposal, council members said.
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