Mayor Lenny Curry won’t veto raises the Metropolis Council included for its members in subsequent yr’s price range, the mayor’s workplace stated Tuesday.
At Curry’s request — and after a important assertion emailed to information retailers Tuesday forward of the vote — council members nixed a rise for him however retained the pay increase for themselves. Curry makes about $174,000.
“I made it clear that I didn’t help the elevated salaries of elected officers and froze my very own wage on the degree it was once I began this job,” Curry stated in a press release. “Nevertheless, a veto proof majority of council members voted to extend their pay. I stay targeted on my priorities of public security and jobs.”
The council’s pay improve got here after a vote final month to reverse a 2010 choice that set their salaries under the utmost allowed beneath metropolis regulation, which is half of the quantity set by the state of Florida. For Duval, that quantity is about $forty nine,000.
Meaning the annual wage of council members will rise from $forty four,000 to $forty nine,000, whereas the council president’s wage rose from $fifty eight,800 to $sixty five,500.
An effort by Metropolis Councilman Al Ferraro to freeze the raises for council members at present ranges overwhelmingly failed in a 14-three vote Tuesday night time. Council members Jim Love and Greg Anderson voted with Ferraro.
Curry has the facility to veto particular person spending gadgets, which might be exercised on the council’s increase. The council can override a veto with a supermajority vote.