Indianapolis City-County Council drops proposal to raise salaries of councilors

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis City-County Council dropped a proposal Monday that would have given councilors significant raises.

The proposal would have raised their salaries from $11,400 to $25,000 a year.

The 25 councilors, down from 29 a year ago, are also currently paid $5,000 annually to attend meetings as well as qualifying for health and pension benefits.

They’ll continue to make a smaller base salary than their counterparts in many smaller Indiana and regional cities. Councilors in Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville make more than those in Indianapolis while living in cities with a fraction of the population. Louisville pays its councilors an annual salary of $35,000 while its population is 100,000 less than Indianapolis.

The raise would have been the councilors’ first in 14 years.

Some Republicans argued there was not enough money to support the raises.