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Detroit council quiet on 2016 pay increases

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — City Council members on Tuesday did not formally discuss a compensation panel’s recommendation to raise their pay next year, and had few words about it after their regular session.

Detroit’s Elected Officials Compensation Commission approved a resolution late Monday that determined the pay of the council members and city clerk should rise 2.5 percent for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Officials have said that the compensation commission’s recommendation will go into effect within 30 days, unless the council chooses to reject it by a two-thirds vote.

President Brenda Jones told reporters after the session that the compensation panel did the job it was asked to do.

“I asked them to look at council’s pay. They looked at council’s pay, and they did a resolution and that’s what we will work with,” Jones told reporters Tuesday. “The compensation board did the job and this is what they came up with.”

The pay increase would officially kick in July 1, 2016. Mayor Mike Duggan, who did not request an increase, is not included in the recommendation.

Several council members reached Tuesday about the pay recommendation did not have an immediate comment.

Speaking on behalf of the commission late Monday, Samuel Buzz Thomas said the seven-member body made a decision that it believed was consistent with the city’s court-approved bankruptcy plan.

“We thought it was really important that we follow the budget adopted coming out of bankruptcy,” Thomas said after the vote. “The city laid out a very prescriptive four-year plan for all of its employees.”

The pay increases, if implemented, would bring President Brenda Jones’ annual salary to $82,776, and $78,761 per year for the other council members and clerk Janice Winfrey.

CFerretti@detroitnews.com