Monday, July 30, 2012
Ballard's Top Staffers Received Up To 31% Pay Raises
Despite a large budget deficit the City of Indianapolis is facing, Mayor Greg Ballard handed out pay raises as high as 31% for top members of his staff. According to radio talk show host Amos Brown, Ballard gave $22,000 annual pay raises to his chief of staff and two deputy mayors, in addition to smaller pay raises handed out to other members of his staff. Chief of Staff Ryan Vaughn and Deputy Mayors Mike Huber and Olgen Williams saw their annual pay raised from $98,000 to $120,000 to match the pay Ballard gave to his new deputy mayor of education, Jason Kloth. Other members of Ballard's staff received raises ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 according to Brown. On an annualized basis, Brown estimates that the cost of paying Ballard's staff jumped 32.7%. The IBJ reported that the administration is expected to unveil its 2013 budget proposal with an anticipated $27 million budget deficit.