Mike Jones

Central Indiana Glass & Glazing

The Lafayette City Council Tuesday night passed the first reading of an ordinance that would give the mayor and other elected officials a 5.5-percent raise.

City Controller Mike Jones says Lafayette employees are all on a salary grid and the increase will bring the incomes of elected officials up to par with other personnel.

“[We’re] trying to get everybody caught up and the hope is that as things look better and better in the private sector, that we can entice the good people that we have to stay,” Jones says.

Lafayette residents passed on their chance to offer official comments on the city’s proposed budget for next year.

The public hearing Wednesday night for the spending plan, which totals a little more than $55 million, did not produce any suggestions or complaints.

While the budget is a 4.5% increase over the current year, Controller Mike Jones says the numbers are conservative because some items remain unknown.

The city of Lafayette has collected nearly $3-million in storm water fees over the past year-and-a-half.

The money will be used for studies and projects to collect runoff, specifically into the Wabash River.

Comptroller Mike Jones says some work has already begun including staffing, purchasing equipment, and surveillance.

He says the amount collected would have been greater but the city offered a 20-percent reduced rate during the first six months.

Jones says that was to help ease the fee into place.