Grandview Heights City Council Monday approved 5-2 an amended ordinance to increase the mayor's salary beginning in 2012.

Grandview Heights City Council Monday approved 5-2 an amended ordinance to increase the mayor's salary beginning in 2012.

The amendments were offered by council member Steve Gladman.

The ordinance as passed will increase the mayor's salary from $22,000 to $26,000 a year effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The salary will increase to $30,000 on Jan. 1, 2013; $33,000 on Jan. 1, 2014; and $36,000 on Jan. 1, 2015.

Council members Steve Von Jasinski and Ed Hastie voted against the revised ordinance. Gladman and council member Anthony Panzera, who previously voted against the mayor's salary ordinance, voted in favor Monday, giving the amended measure a majority of votes for passage.

The original version of the ordinance, which would have increased the mayor's salary to $38,000 beginning in 2012, was defeated by a 4-3 vote at council's Dec. 6 meeting.

In addition to the revised salary schedule, the amendments Gladman presented included removing most of the introductory language in the ordinance designed to explain the reasons for the pay increase.

The items removed include references to the mayor's position being considered part-time, the increasing complexity of the position's duties, the mayor's additional focus on development and alternative revenue sources and references to the position's mayor's court duties.

A provision to pay the mayor an additional $10,000 if he or she trains court personnel and presides over more than half the regular mayor's court hearings was also stricken from the ordinance.

The ordinance retains sections stating the city has a strong mayor form of government and quotes the section of the city charter that mandates the mayor's duties in general language, with no reference to the time the job requires or to the mayor's court duties.

"It's not up to council to embellish that," Gladman said.

The amended salary schedule increases the mayor's pay in a more incremental way than the original ordinance, Gladman said.

The salary increase will not become effective until after the next mayoral election, which will be in November 2011.

In other business Monday, council unanimously approved a $10,608,874 budget for 2011.

The budget includes a general fund totaling $9,512,406.

Major general fund appropriations include a total of $1,799,767 for general governmental services; $974,485 for finance/legal/council/mayor's court; $2,069,646 for fire/EMS; $2,596,472 for police; $536,065 for streets and highways; $669,562 for sanitation and $866,409 for parks and recreation.

The budget includes funding to fill three existing city positions in 2011 that are currently vacant. Those positions are director of service, a police officer position and fire marshal.