Clerical Error Gives Vincennes Elected Officials a Raise

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) – Elected officials in Vincennes who received a 3 percent raise due to a clerical error will continue drawing that extra pay until the fate of raises for the city's employees is determined.

The southwestern Indiana city's council submitted a budget to the state Department of Local Government Finance calling for 3 percent raises, although the council adopted an ordinance barring the raises unless the state agency allowed them.

A clerical error left the council members out of the ordinance's language. They received the raise at the start of 2015.

The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports (http://bit.ly/1vCakS6 ) council members plan to keep the raises for now as they and Mayor Joe Yochum search the city budget for about $200,000 in cuts that are needed to provide raises to all city employees.

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  Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com