The Peoria City Council overwhelming approved salary increases for the mayor, city treasurer and city clerk.
The raises are roughly two percent annually over the next four years, at which time the mayor will make about $58,000, the treasurer $123,000 and the clerk nearly $119,000.
In addition, the city manager received a $6,000 increase, making his salary to $188,000 a year plus benefits.
One council member voted against the raises. 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo says it sets a poor example when some residents have faced recent layoffs.
"This vote is to increase the salary for not just one year but for the next four years at a time when the city is not doing well economically." - Fourth District Councilman Jim Montelongo
The pay raises go into effect next May, after the next city election.
And in other business: The plan for new housing on park land along Peoria’s riverfront is still awaiting state and federal approval. The Peoria city council approved a six-month extension of an agreement with the developer of the proposed River Trail apartments. The city does not know when or if the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service will okay the proposed Riverfront Park land swap that’s necessary for the project to move forward.