Crown Level Council evaluations 2022 finances on first studying | Authorities and politics
“We are using our growth to offset the cost of these improvements,” said Uran. “We grew 7% on our AV (rated value) and we’re only getting 4.3% of that.”
Ride with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the Lake Michigan area’s border as part of the Lake County Sheriff’s Naval Unit. Video by Connor Burge.
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Ordinance No. 2021-09-16, an ordinance approving the salaries of elected officials for 2022, and Ordinance No. 2021-09-17, an ordinance approving the salaries of all full-time and part-time workers in the city, have been adopted 5- 2 on first reading.
The ordinances provide for a 6% increase for full-time employees and elected officials.
Uran previously said that not every employee would be granted the full 6% raise up front, as employees would receive an initial 3% increase across the board, with the option of receiving an additional 3% increase through quarterly reviews.
Councilor Carol Drasga, R-5, and Councilor Laura Sauerman, R-4, who was in attendance via Zoom, voted against the measure.
After the meeting, Drasga told the Times that her “no” vote did not reflect the caliber of the city’s employees, which she called “dynamite”.
“I think I’m still thinking about what we’re going to do. So that was the first information. We still have a lot of time to look at it again, ”said Drasga. “In history we haven’t given a 6% (raise) across the board.”
Drasga said she would be comfortable with a 3% increase, possibly a 4% increase, but “6% just seemed very high.”