INDIANAPOLIS — In a surprise move, Indianapolis City-County Council President Vop Osili removed a proposal to increase councilors’ salaries from Monday night’s agenda, postponing the vote on the controversial measure.
Currently, a councilor makes $11,400 per year. Proposal 457 would increase a councilor’s 2020 salary to $21,482.34. Their 2021 salary would be $25,043.12. It would be the first raise for Indianapolis councilors since 2002.
“The Council is committed to addressing the longstanding issue of compensation for elected officials next year,” Osili said, via a statement. “I am thankful to Councillor Gray for revisiting this important issue before our Councillors-elect are sworn in at the beginning of the new year.”
Many on the council have pushed for such an increase for years but were held up by a lack of support among Republicans and a few Democrats. That could change in 2020, when the Democrats’ majority on the council increases to 20-5.