South Bend councilman concerned about proposed pay raises South Bend councilman concerned about proposed pay raises

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) One of South Bend’s city council members has concerns about proposed pay raises for a number of city workers in next year’s budget.

Council Vice President Oliver Davis says double digit percentage pay raises for some city workers are likely to make waves while the council is also considering raising downtown parking fees and asking homeowners to pay higher sewer rates.

“This, to me, is a bipartisan issue. It’s a local government issue. We all have to go to the same store, and when I go to the store, people say, ‘How dare this person get a raise! I only get a one percent raise.’ Look at the county, they barely even get raises,” Davis said.

The council is considering a $14,000 raise for City Clerk Kareemah Fowler, while fellow city leaders may be getting two percent raises.

The council will vote on the budget on October 24, and they must approve the 2017 budget by November 1.

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