The City Council has the formality of signing off on the raises tonight; however, the paperwork included in the ordinances shows the raises for the top-paid workers are just a sliver compared to the high-dollar yearly perks they get.
The city clerk, Ruth Hodges Fraser, for example already makes $111,000. A raise would add another $2,000 a year, but she also gets $10,000 a year for a car allowance. City Attorney Mark Stiles gets the same car allowance, but he gets another $10,000 in deferred compensation from the city, typically money destined for a retirement account. His salary is $197,000, and the raise will boost his pay past $200,000.
The biggest perks go to the city manager, James Spore. His salary is more than $234,000. Add to that $20,500 in deferred compensation and a $12,000 yearly car allowance. Plus, the city pays the health-insurance premiums for the manager and his family. The two-percent raise will add another $4,600 to his salary.