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Mansfield City Council on Tuesday is expected Tuesday to discuss pay increases for the mayor, law director, finance director and members of council.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield City Council on Tuesday evening is expected to discuss pay increases next year for the mayor, law director, finance director and members of council.

The pay increases, which were not discussed during the fall election campaign, will not take effect until December 2020 and are thought to be the first hikes in a decade for the elected positions.

Under the ordinance, each of the elected officials will see pay increases in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The largest percentage increases are seen in the first year with 2 percent hikes each of the proceeding three years.

If the raises are approved, it would result in an aggregate annual total cost increase of $46,413 in the first year. The proposal also comes during tight 2020 city budget planning.

The mayor's position, which now pays $81,000 annually, would increase to $90,532 on Dec. 1, 2020, an increase of 11 percent. It would then rise to $92,342 in 2021, $94,189 in 2022 and $96,073 in 2023.

The law director's position, which now pays $76,142 annually, would increase to $89,500 on Dec. 1, 2020, an increase of 17.5 percent. It would then rise to $91,290 in 2021, $93,116 in 2022 and $94,978 in 2023.

The finance director's position, which now pays $72,879 annually, would increase to $89,500 on Dec. 1. 2020, an increase of 22.8 percent.  It would then rise to $91,290 in 2021, $93,116 in 2022 and $94,978 in 2023.

The president of council and members of council, who meet bi-monthly, each now earn $7,536 annually. That would jump to $8,362 on Dec. 1, 2020, an increase of 11 percent. It would then rise to $8,529 in 2021, $8,700 in 2022 and $8,874 in 2023.

The increases for Mansfield's full-time elected officials, in a city of about 46,000 residents, are similar to a staggered plan now reportedly being discussed in Newark, a city of 49,000 in Licking County.

In Newark, the mayor's pay will increase from $77,184 in 2019 to $94,955 by 2023. The auditor will move from $70,300 to $89,426. The law director's salary increases from its current $85,865 to $105,634 in 2023, under the proposal.

Mayoral salaries vary around the state. In Lima in Allen County, a city of 37,149, the mayor is paid $123,500 annually. In Findlay in Hancock County, a city of 41,321, the mayor earns $75,229 each year. In Lancaster in Fairfield County, a city of 39,000, the mayor is paid $97,200 each year.

Council's employee relations committee is scheduled to discuss the pay increase plan at 6:50 p.m., just before the caucus meeting at 7. The ordinance is scheduled for a first reading during council's legislative session. A second reading is planned Dec. 3 and a final vote on Dec. 17.

The council claims committee meets at 6:35 and the economic development committee is scheduled to start at 6:45.

The economic development committee is expected to discuss a one-year lease with the Kokosing Construction Co. on five acres of city-owned land at the former Mansfield Foundry, 500 N. Main St.

According to a proposed lease agreement, Kokosing will not pay the city for the usage, but will bear the costs to repair and maintain the drive entrance from North Main Street to the parcel being leased.

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