Calgary city council imposes salary freeze on itself

Calgary city council has voted to freeze its salary next year.

Decision comes after councillors voted to limit pay raises for some employees

Members of Calgary's city council are hammering out the details of the 2014 budget. (CBC)

Calgary city council members have voted to freeze their salaries next year.

The move follows a decision made earlier Wednesday to limit pay raises for its management-exempt employees — or those 2,100 inside and outside city workers who are not managers or in a union — to 1.8 per cent next year.

Their salaries have not yet been negotiated.

Earlier, council members had rejected the idea of freezing salaries for the 2,100 employees because of fears the move could hurt the city's ability to retain or attract employees.

Both decisions come as part of city council's ongoing 2014 budget debate.

The proposed budget is calling for a 6.1 per cent increase in property taxes.

CBC city hall reporter Scott Dippel was in council chambers tweeting the budget developments. Follow along in the box below:


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