Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has submitted his budget for 2017, along with a salary ordinance that includes a $50,000 pay raise for himself, which is a 40 percent increase.
The mayor’s salary is proposed to increase from $127,946 a year to $179,344 a year. It
will be introduced at the City Council meeting on Oct. 3 but will likely not be passed on first reading to allow the public time to comment.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard
Prior to the ordinance being released, Brainard told Current in Carmel that his salary was going up, “around $35,000 or $40,000 or something.”
“City manager salaries can be way above that,” he said. “In some cities they make $200,000 or $300,000.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett makes $99,000 a year. When asked about the discrepancy, Brainard said, “They don’t have money to get their roads paved.”
“It’s a ridiculously low salary for someone representing a city of that size,” he said. “It’s a billion-dollar business.”
If passed, the salary increase would make Brainard the highest paid mayor in the state.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is currently the state’s highest paid mayor at $142,096.
“We don’t really look at Indiana when we do salary comparisons,” Brainard said.The mayor said the salary increase is necessary.
“It’s important to attract qualified people to run for office,” he said. “Many of the mayors we look at (for comparison) can make seven or eight times that in the private sector.”
,,,Then leave office Mayor Brainard. Contrary to your claim, there would be quality people lining up the door to take your place when you leave. I get so sick of that ridiculous argument. I hear it all the time from judges wanting to be paid more. Like there is a shortage of excellent attorneys out there who who wouldn't jump at the chance to be a judge.