Omaha Council Members Question Pay Raises
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Some Omaha council members are questioning unbudgeted pay raises that Mayor Jim Suttle awarded in January to some senior managers.
The $25,000 raises for chief of staff Steve Oltmans and finance director Pam Spaccarotella and the $9,000 for public works boss Bob Stubbe aren't accounted for in this year's budget but are in the plans for the next fiscal year.
The mayor has the authority to grant the raises and has not gone over budget in doing so.
Council member Pete Festersen says he's concerned about the lack of transparency in the process and the mayor's lack of fiscal restraint.
The mayor's spokeswoman, Aida Amoura says the mayor was awarding Oltmans and Spaccarotella for their extraordinary work in 2011.
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